Monday, September 24, 2012

Twelve Bad Dental Habits for children

Children often adopt some bad dental habits that may cause serious trouble in future. Wrong dental habits of kids may lead to cavities, toothache, plaque or crooked teeth problem at an early age. Curing a dental problem can be a painful task for parents as well as kids. However, converting bad dental habits into a good one is easier with patience and tact. Some of these habits are discussed here below:

Thumb sucking or finger sucking
During the first year of the life, thumb sucking is not viewed as a bad habit or problem. It is a common self-comforting behavior among children. Many of them stop thumb sucking on their own by the age of five while some others refuse to give up. Due to emotional problems a small percentage of kids continue this bad dental habit even when they grow quite old. Thumb sucking can cause dental problems such as buck teeth wherein the upper front teeth are protruding because of the habit. It requires orthodontic treatment.

Breast feeding at night
When the baby's teeth begin to appear, breast feeding at night can cause harm because the breast milk contains sugar. The sugar gets deposited on the baby teeth and may result in tooth decay. It is preferred to clean the mouth of the baby after the feeding to avoid dental problem.

Bottle feed during the night is not safe  

Bottle feeding throughout the night can cause cavities in babies as the sugar from the fluid mix up with the bacteria on the baby's teeth. It can also cause discoloration of the teeth if the mouth is not properly cleaned after feeding milk or juice at night time.

Use of pacifier for long periods
Giving pacifiers to toddlers for long periods can obstruct the teeth and jaw development of the child. Therefore, it is important to break this dental habit in children as soon as possible.

Swallowing fluoride toothpaste
Kids often swallow their toothpaste while brushing their teeth. It can cause brown spots on the teeth and fluorosis as the toothpaste contains fluoride. Teaching them to spit out the toothpaste can help in avoiding this problem.

Sippy cups
Sipping Sippy cups all day is a bad dental habit like bottle feeding. It can cause teeth decay. Therefore, do not let your child stick to Sippy cup continuously for hours if you wish to divert dental problems.

Sugary drinks are not safe either
Kids as young as one year olds drink colas and sugary drinks in abundance on daily basis. It is a major damaging habit for the newly developed teeth of the kids. Parents need to curtail the habit and induce good eating habits in kids. Kids with sweet tooth are at higher risk of oral problems.

Chewing the pencil/ pen
Sometimes children chew up the other side of the pencils and it s actually a damaging habit for their teeth. Gnawing pencil or pen brings in bacteria in the mouth leading to tooth problems. Also, it damages the surface of teeth.

Brushing too hard
Brushing the teeth too hard can erode the enamel of the teeth and harm the gums. Therefore, parents need to supervise the tooth brushing of kids.

Tooth brushing for less time
Kids do not have patience to brush their teeth for two to three minutes which is again a bad habit. Tooth brushing for lesser time can cause oral hygiene problems like plaque on the teeth, yellow teeth, bad breath, etc. Brushing the teeth only once is also a bad dental habit among children. It is compulsory to brush teeth at least twice a day.

Sharing tooth brushes
Siblings when share their toothbrush also share bacteria and infections. Hence, this habit should be discouraged and discontinued to avoid problems.

Unclean toothbrush
Rinsing of toothbrush after use is equally important. Kids pay less attention to cleaning and rinsing of brush which may cause growth of bacteria on the brush.

Maintaining dental health of kids is not that tough. Keep a vigil on the above mentioned dental habits of kids to ensure healthy oral hygiene and perfect smile on their face.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Vital Teeth Care Tips for Kids

Dental care of kids should start at an early age to avoid dental problems. Kids may not be excited or aware of the importance of dental health but being a parent you know how important it is. With effort from your side, the children can adopt good teeth care habits and can have healthy mouth.

Here are some useful dental tips that would ensure good dental health of your kids:
  • Before buying a toothbrush for your little one, see if it has soft bristles. Choose a colorful tooth brush or the one that shows his favorite cartoon. There are special designs for your baby and toddlers as well. It helps to develop interest of the child in brushing his teeth.
  • Special tooth paste with flavors tastes good and makes brushing a fun filled process. It is safe for kids even if it is swallowed. Buy a tooth paste that contains fluorine.

  • Brush their teeth carefully at least twice a day. Only a small drop of paste is sufficient for small kids. Show them how to rinse their mouth after ever meal in order to avoid food deposits.
  • Brushing teeth before going to sleep is must. Make it a compulsory exercise but funny one. Prevent kids from eating after brushing teeth.
  • Supervise when older kids brush their teeth. Guide them that both front and back sides of teeth need to be cleaned. Oral hygiene also includes cleaning the tongue.
  • Teach them about flossing when they grow up.
  • Encourage them to eat healthy foods such as fresh fruits, veggies, milk and dairy products to provide enough nutrients to the teeth. Foods rich in vitamins, calcium and other minerals make teeth strong and healthy.
  • Restrict their intake of sugary foods such as cold drinks, candies, chocolates, biscuits, cakes and junk foods as they cause tooth decay.
  • Visit a dentist every six months for general observation. Dentist cleans the teeth thoroughly and also provides tips to kids on dental care.
  • Change the toothbrush of kids frequently.
  • Stop your kid from thumb sucking as it causes dental problems and may shoot up your dental bill if not taken care of in time.
  • In case of toothache encourage your kid to chew a clove for some time and it would shrink the pain. Also, you can massage a drop of clove oil or sesame oil to avoid teeth problems.
  • Oral diseases in kids can be avoided easily with these tips.
  • Appreciate your kids when they brush their teeth on time properly.
  • Parents are the role models for their kids. If you really want healthy teeth of your kids then follow a good dental regime.

These are some of the most important dental tips that not only help kids but also parents to maintain good oral hygiene.

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