Little ones have to keep their smiles healthy too! Whether it’s due to genetics or dental hygiene, even kids can have dental problems sometimes. Regular check-ups with a specialist can ensure that their teeth are free of dental trauma, gingivitis, early periodontitis, and other conditions that can affect youger people.
Tooth Decay: The Best-Known Bad Guy
Did you know that, according to the World Health Organization, tooth decay is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in children and adults? It’s no surprise that cavities are one of the first dental diseases that kids have to learn about. Remember that tooth decay can affect baby teeth and permanent teeth.
Tooth decay can occur if a child eats and drinks too much sugar, snacks frequently, and especially if they neglect their oral health. The following four factors are involved in the formation of cavities:
- The presence of dental plaque;
- The condition of the mouth (thin or worn enamel, crooked or protruding teeth);
- Frequent snacking and a diet high in sugars and acids;
- Time (constant wear and tear).
Fortunately, the tools we need to defeat tooth decay are within everyone’s reach! Good oral hygiene and a balanced diet are the most important. Your child should avoid sweets and snacking as much as possible. We also recommend having a glass of milk or water after eating sweets, as well as regular brushing and flossing.
It’s Not Just About Cavities!
Apart from improper dental hygiene, genetic and immunological factors can also be behind certain oral diseases in children, particularly gingivitis and early periodontitis. Regular check-ups with a dental specialist will ensure that they are detected and treated on time.
Crooked teeth getting in the way of a beautiful smile? It’s time for orthodontic treatment. Not only do braces straighten teeth, they also help to prevent cavities and gum disease.
If your child plays sports or does other outside activities, they run the risk of dental trauma. If a tooth is lost, moved, or fractured by an impact, there are treatments available! The experts at PARO-IMPLANTO Pointe-Claire are here to make all the necessary repairs or replacements after a dental trauma.
Simple, Easy Solutions
Don’t forget that the best way to keep a healthy smile is to learn and maintain proper dental hygiene habits. Brushing, flossing, and mouthwash are essential, especially before bedtime. It’s also best to cut back on sweets and snacking – even though Halloween is coming up! For kids who play sports, consider mouthguards. Finally, make sure to book a yearly appointment for your child to see their dental specialist. When it comes to oral health, prevention is key!