Children’s Diet and Oral hygiene advice

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Diet and Oral Hygiene Advice

Tooth decay is caused my a number of factors combining to allow bacteria to produce acid that softens and infects the enamel and dentine of teeth. In order for the germs to win, they need fuel. Without sugar in a child’s diet, the bacteria are unable to cause decay. Without germs due to good brushing, a little bit of sugar in moderation is ok!

Oral Hygiene For Babies & Toddlers

From the time your children get their first teeth until the whole set is complete, they’ll eat anything and everything they can hold. It feels great just to see them finally munching and enjoying solid foods.
Cute as it is to watch them discover the joys of eating, now is also the time to start building good dental health habits and becoming familiar with children’s dentistry practices.

How Babies Teeth Develop

Teething begins anywhere between 4 to 10 months when your child’s first baby teeth (or primary teeth) will appear. Babies have 20 teeth when born, which will come out of the gums completely when they reach two to three years old. Don’t be troubled if your baby’s teeth appear earlier or later compared to others. Teeth growth is an individual milestone so it varies with every child.

The bottom jaw’s centre teeth usually come through the gums first. A complete set of temporary teeth for toddlers is composed of four sets of first molar, second molar, canine tooth, lateral incisor, and central incisor. Teething can be quite uncomfortable for babies. Giving them dummies, chilled teething rings, or washcloths can help ease the pain. If you have any concerns about your baby’s teeth growth, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist.

Why Take Care of Baby Teeth early?

Good dental health for babies and toddlers should be a top priority. Aside from helping your child chew food, baby teeth also aid in pronouncing words properly. They also reserve spots in the jaw for the permanent teeth to come out of the gums later.

These temporary teeth are prone to decay as soon as they appear. Which is why you need to protect your child’s teeth and keep them clean. Preventing any cavities and infections from damaging the baby teeth will also protect the permanent teeth from harm.

Although postponing your child’s first dental visit until the baby teeth are complete makes sense, it’s also advisable that you get expert advice right away. This will help you protect your child’s teeth properly.

How to Brush Your Child’s Teeth

Proper brushing is the first step towards good dental health for your baby or toddler. Find a good quality, soft children’s toothbrush for your child. At first, you can just wet it with cold water, then you can use toothpaste once the toddler reaches 18 months. Be gentle when brushing your child’s teeth. The best way to do it is by sitting behind your child, with his/her head resting against your body so he/she will feel secure. Get a mirror in front of you to have a better view of inside the mouth. Brush the teeth in circles, making sure to cover the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces. Don’t forget to brush your child’s tongue as well.

Once two teeth appear side by side, you can also start flossing. Make sure to ask your dentist for the correct technique to avoid hurting your baby. To make brushing and flossing a fun experience for your children, you can play along with some good music. You can also get a toothbrush with their favourite TV or movie character to keep them interested.
When your child reaches two years old, you can start teaching them to do the brushing on their own. Although, your help and supervision are necessary until your child reaches a suitable age to brush their teeth on their own.

How to maintain good dental health

In order to keep the children’s teeth healthy, you need to clean them twice a day. Once in the morning and once before bedtime should do it. Refrain from giving them too much sugary foods and drinks. As much as possible, give your kids healthy and unprocessed food like vegetables, meats, and cheese.
Also, regularly check for signs of decay like white patches or grey spots. This way, you can prevent the cavities from worsening. Visit your dentist right away once you notice these signs.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

The best toothbrush for your child is a soft children’s toothbrush. Get the ones with small round heads, bristles of varying height, and a non-slip handle. You can choose either an electric or manual toothbrush, whichever is more appealing to your child. The key is to get them engaged so the habit can start.
Make sure to clean the toothbrush after every use with tap water. Allow to air-dry and store it in a clean place. Keep it from touching other used toothbrushes to avoid any germs from transferring. Lastly, ensure that your child’s toothbrush is replaced every 3-4 months.

Start Regular Check-ups at the Dentist

To help maintain good dental health for babies and toddlers, it’s important to have regular visits to the dentist after their first teeth appear. Introduce them to dental professionals in a positive and educating way. Never use dental check-ups as a means to frighten them because it will retain a negative perception in their minds. Teaching your kids the importance of regular check-ups at the dentist will assure them of good oral health when they grow up.
At Pymble Dental, we have dentists who are dedicated to making a visit to the dentist a safe and comfortable experience for children of all ages.

FAQ

A woman’s body undergoes plenty of changes during pregnancy requiring extra care and nourishment. The surge of hormones affects the skin, hair, and even moods! What few women understand however, is that their dental health could also suffer if not given the attention it deserves.
Like most parts of the body, the teeth is extra sensitive during pregnancy making it all the more important to check in with your dentist.

Any existing problems with your oral health will be aggravated by the hormonal imbalance during pregnancy. You are more prone to developing tooth decay, gingivitis, and other dental issues. These can have an impact on your overall health during pregnancy, which in turn can affect the baby’s health.
It’s a common misconception that dental procedures, including dental checkups, should not be carried out during pregnancy because they can be harmful or cause discomfort to a pregnant woman. This is simply not true. In fact, it is advisable to visit your dentist regularly even while expecting to help prevent any dental problems. Dentists know exactly which procedures are safe and which medications are not harmful to pregnant mothers and their babies so there is really no need to worry.
It is strongly advised that you stick to your schedule of regular dental check-ups even when you are pregnant. Your dentist will advise you if additional appointments are needed. Below are the dental procedures that are safe to conduct on pregnant women:
Tooth Extractions
Although dentists prefer saving a tooth over extractions, your tooth may need to be removed if it’s badly damaged by decay — a severely decayed tooth may risk your gums and other teeth. Tooth extractions are mostly recommended during the second trimester but can be still performed anytime during the pregnancy if required.
Root Canal
In a root canal procedure, nerve ending tissues infected by tooth decay are removed and restored to avoid extraction. It can be safely performed on pregnant women especially during the second trimester to stop the pain that may cause discomfort.
Teeth Cleaning
Dental cleanings are not only safe but are highly recommended by dentists to prevent the build-up of cavities and plaques that can cause infection.
Cavity filling and Crown
Tooth fillings and crown placement are necessary measures to prevent infection from spreading in your teeth. These dental procedures will take some time and may result in a little discomfort that is not ideal for pregnant women in their first and third trimester.
X-rays
Procedures like tooth extraction may require x-rays. Contrary to common belief, x-rays are safe to perform, especially during emergency situations. Dental x-rays use a very small amount of radiation which is not strong enough to cause any harm on the baby’s development. Dentists and dental technicians will also use tools like a thyroid guard and a lead apron to add protection for the baby.
Anaesthetic
A requirement in most dental procedures to numb the pain, anaesthesia is safe for pregnant women as long as the appropriate dosage for the procedure is administered, and as long as they do not contain felypressin. Make sure to inform your dentists right away about your pregnancy so the correct type of anaesthetic will be used.
Although these procedures are safe during pregnancy, your dentist will likely postpone them until after you’ve given birth to avoid any complications — unless it’s an absolute emergency.
To avoid emergency dental procedures during pregnancy, here are some oral care practices that you should observe before and during the period:
Avoid sugary foods
Food cravings are common among pregnant women, especially cravings for sugary food like cakes, chocolates, and ice cream. These will not do your teeth any good at all. See if you can swap these foods with fruits, yogurt, and other healthier kinds of sweets. Stick to a balanced diet to keep yourself and your baby nourished with important vitamins and minerals.
Refrain from brushing your teeth after vomiting
During the first three months of pregnancy, vomiting will likely be an annoying but mostly harmless part of your day. Vomit contains acid from your stomach that can soften the outer layer of your teeth. Don’t make the damage worse by brushing immediately after vomiting. Instead, wash away the acid by gargling water and chewing sugar-free gums.
Postpone elective procedures
Whitening procedures and or having braces installed are great for your teeth in the long run but they can wait until you have given birth. These procedures take some time and may cause discomfort to you and your baby.
Inform your dentist that you are pregnant
In any case that you need to have an emergency dental procedure performed, inform your dentist right away about your pregnancy. This will help the dentist find the best way to avoid any pregnancy-related risks, and keep you safe and comfortable during the procedure.
Maintain proper oral hygiene
Brushing and flossing should never be removed from your daily routine even when you are pregnant. This will help keep your teeth free of infections that will cause harm to your overall dental health. However, due to hormonal spikes during pregnancy, your gums might get swollen and extra sensitive to toothbrush bristles and dental floss. Remember to brush and floss more lightly during this period, and find a toothbrush with soft bristles.

Food cravings are common among pregnant women, especially cravings for sugary food like cakes, chocolates, and ice cream. These will not do your teeth any good at all. See if you can swap these foods with fruits, yogurt, and other healthier kinds of

sweets. Stick to a balanced diet to keep yourself and your baby nourished with important vitamins and minerals.

During the first three months of pregnancy, vomiting will likely be an annoying but mostly harmless part of your day. Vomit contains acid from your stomach that can soften the outer layer of your teeth. Don’t make the damage worse by brushing immediately after vomiting. Instead, wash away the acid by gargling water and chewing sugar-free gums.

Whitening procedures and or having braces installed are great for your teeth in the long run but they can wait until you have given birth. These procedures take some time and may cause discomfort to you and your baby.

In any case that you need to have an emergency dental procedure performed, inform your dentist right away about your pregnancy. This will help the dentist find the best way to avoid any pregnancy-related risks, and keep you safe and comfortable during the procedure.

Brushing and flossing should never be removed from your daily routine even when you are pregnant. This will help keep your teeth free of infections that will cause harm to your overall dental health. However, due to hormonal spikes during pregnancy, your gums might get swollen and extra sensitive to toothbrush bristles and dental floss. Remember to brush and floss more lightly during this period, and find a toothbrush with soft bristles.

Pymble Dental offer payment plan solutions to suit all of our patients

We like to make going to the dentist as stress free and comfortable as possible and that’s why we chose three different payment plan options which are easy to navigate and provide ongoing support and options which allow our patients to make the right decision for them.

  • General Dentistry
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  • Implants & Perio
  • Orthodontics
  • Snoring & Sleep Apnea
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Your dentist provides you with a treatment plan and you enquire about our payment plan solutions
You meet with our practice representative following your appt or at another time that suits you to run through the options we provide
We set up your payment plan on the spot – we offer options with no credit checks or detailed financial information required
You can begin your treatment immediately! Simple, no hassle, no fuss.

Your dentist provides you with a treatment plan and you enquire about our payment plan solutions

You meet with our practice representative following your appt or at another time that suits you to run through the options we provide

We set up your payment plan on the spot – we offer options with no credit checks or detailed financial information required

You can begin your treatment immediately! Simple, no hassle, no fuss.

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