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Children's Pediatric Dentistry

Children's Pediatric Dentistry

What is more beautiful than a child's smile! Seeing your child happy and smiley can make you forget all your worries. But to keep your child's teeth healthy, you must practice good oral hygiene. These measures are not difficult to maintain, they just need to be applied regularly starting at a very young age.

Parents play an important role in maintaining dental health of their children because a child cannot take care of his own teeth when very young. Preventing tooth decay and other dental problems therefore begins at home.

Nowadays, most parents are well informed and ensure that their children brush their teeth every day. But maintaining good dental health goes beyond brushing in the morning and at night before going to bed. This article summarises some important tips to remember.

Proper tooth brushing - oral hygiene
Avoid Sugar

We all know that sugar is bad for teeth, but why? Sweet food and sweet beverages mix with bacteria that are already in the mouth. These bacteria, particularly those known as Streptococcus mutans, digest the sugar and create an acid that attacks the enamel of teeth. When this process has begun, there is an inevitable development of dental caries.

Sugar is found in almost all foods, even in breast milk. Refined sugar makes the most damage to teeth. It is contained in candies, chocolate, cookies, and fruit juices. You must especially avoid soft drinks that are not only very sweet, but are also very acid, and they will attack the enamel of teeth very quickly.

Sugars that cause less damage are natural sugars contained in fruits and vegetables. That's why fruits are recommended for snacks if your child cannot brush his teeth immediately. He must of course clean his teeth as soon as he can, even after eating a fruit.

You must not confuse fruits and fruit juices, which contain much more sugar and considerably damage teeth. For a child who has enough teeth to eat food, the best liquid to be taken when he is thirsty is simply fluoridated tap water.

Proper tooth brushing - oral hygiene
Proper tooth brushing - oral hygiene