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The best time to begin good dental health is when you’re a child. Many adults wish they’d taken better care of their teeth, or that their own parents had taught them the importance of this issue. We, as parents, can scrutinize our children when they are taking care of their teeth while they are at home. As you read on, you will become more aware of some of the tips that can aid in healthy teeth for your children.

A tool that works for many children is the use of dental sealants. Even though your children may be older, sealants can be used on baby teeth as well as permanent ones. These are plastic films that cover the teeth and protect them from tooth decay. No drilling is required. It is totally pain-free! This is an easy way to prevent cavities in children. You may want to ask your child’s dentist about getting dental sealants, as this is a procedure that’s not very expensive and often the best way to protect teeth. The only drawback is that dental sealants don’t last forever, and have to be replaced every few years.

New challenges will always arise as your children continue to grow older overtime. Flossing and brushing is not on the top of any teenagers “to do” list which is why things get out of hand. Smoking is very popular with teenagers, another bad habit is detrimental for their teeth and gums. Sometimes reminding teens that smoking stains their teeth is the best way to stop them from this practice, as at that age they may not take more serious risks like cancer seriously. If your teen plays any contact sports, make sure he wears a mouth guard, as sports injuries are a common cause of damaged teeth in young people. Teenagers will forget about many things, prompting you to remind them constantly about these issues.

Going to the dentist can be dramatic, especially for small children and adults as well. Some children have had their teeth drilled on which can cause great trepidation before going again. Others just seem to have an instinctive fear of someone poking around in their mouths. Children that do not like the dentist will not go. If that is the case, if they are having problems with their teeth, it is hard to fix them. Children that do not like the dentist and tried to run are not easy to work with. There is nothing to be afraid of! This is what you need to tell your children as well. Kids that have this fear should go to a counselor of some kind. Fear the dentist can be very profound, especially if it occurred as a child. If you have no fear as a child of the dentist, dentist visits will be fine. The state of your teeth, your dental health, is of utmost importance for many reasons. As long as your kids are able to establish a daily routine of taking care of their teeth are flossing and brushing, their teeth will stay healthy. Healthy teeth begin with proper hygiene habits, eating properly, and using your toothbrush and floss regularly – if you do this, you will have healthy teeth.

Author: Dana Mulder



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