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Children's oral health. The parents' guide

Children's oral health. The parents' guide

The oral health of children is just as important as the general state of health. Parents need to know that their child's teeth need optimal care, which is the first crucial step. Unfortunately, there is still a lack of awareness that dental hygiene for children should begin as soon as their first tooth appears. Parents need to know what methods of care are optimal to ensure the oral health of children. For most children, the first teeth will erupt starting at the age of 4-6 months.

Dr. Andra Custura, dentist at Andra Smile's office, offers a special guide for parents, so that they can take care of the oral health of children from the first years.

Children's caries: growing

Dental health in children is greatly influenced by income, race and access to healthcare. Educating parents and providing resources to apply for dental care will greatly influence a child's dental health. Early tooth decay is defined as being caused by the presence of one or more milk tooth surfaces. Dental caries are an infectious disease and must be controlled by prevention.

Helps prevent children's caries

The first visit to the dentist must take place within six months of the eruption of the first tooth. Then the baby's mouth can be evaluated quickly to detect early the presence of caries or anomalies. In addition, parents will receive instructions on good oral habits for their child and themselves so as to reduce the bacteria present in the mouth. Parents will learn that brushing teeth in infants can be as easy as wiping them with a towel or using a toothbrush specially designed for infants. Most importantly, parents will find that limiting the intake of fermentable carbohydrates, especially from juice and milk, is crucial.

As the child grows, the dentist will introduce and strengthen important treatments and habits for the prevention of cavities, tooth loss and gingivitis. A visit to the dentist will include a thorough examination and cleaning, instructions on proper brushing and use of dental floss, fluoride treatments and sealing materials on permanent molar cracks. Fluoride, although important for cavity prevention, should be age-dependent to prevent over-exposure. The dentist or dental hygienist can also review the nutrition appropriate for the dental health and make recommendations for wearing gutters in the case of children playing sports.

Parents: The best models

Parents play an important role in the dental health of their children. They need to reinforce good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and using dental floss. However, the most important impact on the children will be the observation of the hygiene habits that the parents have. Providing an example and demonstrating how important children's teeth can help overall good health and proper dental hygiene.

Dr. Andra Custura believes that our life can become more beautiful with a healthy smile, which is why it helps us with the best tips and treatments to regain and maintain our dental health. Andra Smile is the firm that offers implantology, dental aesthetics, orthodontics, prosthetics, endodontics, periodontology, preventive, pediatric, restorative and dental-alveolar surgery services. For more information on dental conditions you can visit www.andrasmile.ro and the Facebook page.

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