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Good Oral Health

Top Simple Tips To Prevent Common Tooth Problems

In most areas of life, it is the little things we do that make the biggest difference. How we care for our children's teeth and gums is one them. Most parents today find themselves too busy to make time to demonstrate or set examples for their kids when it comes to making sure their teeth stay healthy. Have you ever heard the saying “monkey see, monkey do?” Children are mirror images of their parents, so it’s extremely important to practice what we preach, especially when it comes to oral health care. At 16 Mile Dental, we will show and teach you exactly what you and your children need to know in order to have a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Take Your Child to a Dentist Who Enjoys Treating Paediatric Patients

Taking your children to see a dentist who takes their time in treating paediatric patients will help prevent common tooth problems including tooth decay and gum disease. Most often, toothaches are usually a sign of a large cavity, so it’s important to maintain routine check-ups and cleanings to catch small issues before they become large. A dentist who enjoys treating paediatric patients like Dr. Sama will offer excellent care for children by focusing on their needs and answering any and all of their questions. Children have curious minds and it is important to Dr. Sama to instill trust in the child before starting treatment. Studies have found that the earlier you start taking your children to see a dentist on a regular basis, the better their oral health will become. Additionally, their initial attitude towards professional dental care will be positive overall.

Another benefit associated with taking your children to see a dentist who has a passion to treat paediatric patients is oral education. At 16 Mile Dental, we take the time to educate both the parents and the child about how to best care for their teeth. Everyone is different, so the instructions may not be the same for everyone. This is why the staff at 16 Mile Dental take their time in fully assessing and providing treatment to their patients, as well as answering questions or addressing concerns you may have.

16 Mile Dental: Top Tips to Help your Kids

There are a number of tips or habits that can help your kids keep an excellent oral health. See some of them below.

- Teach your kids to brush their teeth in the morning and evening.

- Floss at least once daily.

- Make sure they consume only water at time for a nap and/or before bed at night. Do not serve them juice or milk in sippy cups or bottles.

- Make sure your kids brush their teeth after eating sweets or candy.

- Ensure they eat a balanced, healthy diet. Meals that include lots of fruits and vegetables.

- Limit their food consumption to specific snack and mealtimes.

- Maintain a six-month dental checkup routine for your kids.

- Protect their teeth with dental sealant treatments and fluoride.

Note that parents can set an example for their kids by also practicing the above habits. In addition to the above one of the key ways to help your child maintain a good oral health is consistency. Try to continue what you have started. Do not change the routine. Make sure you arrange a routine that is comfortable and easy for your child. Brushing regularly (in the morning, at night and after candy consumption) and flossing your child's teeth is the first and most important step of the rest.

Children aren't physically capable of maintaining their oral hygiene routine until they are eight years old. So until they get to that age, parents need to slowly make the transition from brushing their (kids) teeth to overseeing the task and then assessing the result of their hygiene activities.

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