As most children grow older, they enjoy becoming more autonomous especially when it comes to personal hygiene. If you have shown your child the correct way to brush his or her teeth, you might think that regular visits to the pediatric dentist is the only thing else that you have to do. On the other hand, if you use the following four tips to care for your child's teeth you can ensure that your child will have fewer cavities, stronger tooth enamel and a better understanding of the importance of oral care
1. Time Your Child's Oral Care Routine - You likely instruct your child to brush in the morning and at night, but you may be surprised to learn how little effort is actually being applied. It should take your child no less than two to three minutes in order to thoroughly brush his or her teeth and gargle with mouth wash, so be weary if it seems this task is being performed to quickly. Use an egg timer or even schedule your oral hygiene routine to coincide with your child's so you know that everyone's teeth are getting properly cleaned.
2. Reduce Sugary Drink Consumption - Children generally will ask for juice and even soda, but they will rarely request water if given a choice. If you find that your child has been drinking large amounts of sugary beverages, you might learn about new cavities developing in your child's mouth at his or her next pediatric dentist appointment. Keep sugary drinks out of reach and give them to your child sparingly if you want him or her to enjoy better oral health.
3. Carry A Travel Sized Oral Hygiene Kit - It isn't just the consumption of sugary substances that leads to tooth decay. Sugar can easily attach to the teeth, forming a film that attacks tooth enamel and breaks it down quickly if it is not rinsed out. Having your child use mouthwash after every meal can be helpful if an abundance of cavities have been a problem in the past.
4. Reward Your Child After Every Pediatric Dentist Visit - Whether it is found that your child requires a few fillings or simply is scheduled to come back in another six months, you should acknowledge your child's efforts after every visit to the pediatric dentist. While taking your child to a fast food restaurant to celebrate over milkshakes could be counterproductive, you could always swing by the park, go to a toy store or even just go and play in your backyard.