Instilling the right habits when it comes to keeping your teeth clean can never come too early, and when allied to strict control over the food and drink which a child consumes, it should ensure that they grow up with a set of strong, healthy teeth and the attitude and approach to keep them that way. The work can start as soon as possible, with a clean damp cloth being used to gently massage the gums of your baby. Not only will this help to remove any bacteria present, but it will also familiarise your child with the idea of having an object placed into their mouth for the purposes of cleaning.
The truth, of course, is that no matter how careful you are as a parent, you will still need to work hand in hand with your dentist when it comes to maintaining the highest possible standards of dental health. Not only will a dentist be able to spot any problems before they become seriously entrenched but they will also be able to offer advice on the best methods of cleaning, ensuring that your child is doing it in the right way, at the right times of the day, as soon as possible. On top of this, if you visit a modern, state of the art dentist with a commitment to staying abreast of the latest trends in the field then you’ll be working with a professional who knows all about research such as that which was recently published in The Journal of the American Dental Association, looking at the effects of over-exposure to fluoride on the dental health of young children.
The research looked at children ranging in age from three to nine months, and from sixteen months to thirty six months. The research looked at the effect of fluoridated water which was used to mix their baby milk formula and other beverages. The results were broken down into two categories:
Babies aged between three to nine months who were exposed to fluoride in the water mixed with their baby milk powder, or used to dilute other beverages.
Infants from sixteen to thirty six months who ingested fluoride from other sources such as toothpaste.
The report found that increasing numbers of young people are being adversely affected by the amount of fluoride which is present in the water. This adverse effect is known as dental fluorosis, a reaction to over-exposure to fluoride which results in the enamel of the teeth becoming discoloured and more brittle than it should be. Another danger to the dental health of very young children which was highlighted by the report was the presence of corn syrup in powdered milk formula. Corn syrup is a form of processed sugar which, because it is not a naturally occurring sugar, can prove difficult for the body to properly absorb and digest. This could lead to fluctuations in the blood sugar level of the body which, in turn, could be extremely bad for the teeth. Whilst the role played by a vigilant and caring parent can be vital when it comes to maintaining the dental health of their children, it’s vital that any concerned parent should encourage a relaxed and positive relationship with the dentist as soon as possible. Book an appointment for your kids at Perfect Smile Dental and you can be certain that their first exposure to the world of dentistry will take place in a relaxed and inviting environments and that, as parents, you will be working in partnership with professionals operating at the leading edge of the field.