Around 42% of kids in the U.S. have had cavities in their primary teeth. This is a sad statistic, especially because well-meaning parents are sometimes unknowingly making mistakes regarding the dental health of their children.
Common Oral Hygiene Mistakes Made By Parents
Below are a few ways you could be harming your child’s oral health without meaning to. If you’re on the list, don’t feel guilty; these are very commonly made mistakes.
- Waiting To Make Your Child’s First Appointment – Your children should visit their dentist for the first time by their first birthday or by the emergence of their first tooth; whichever comes first. It’s sad, but children as young as two years old have had to go under general anesthesia because of a cavity that could have been avoided. After their first visit, your kids should be seen every 6 months.
- Skipping Fluoride – Fluoride has been controversial in the past, but experts now agree that it’s a great way to avoid cavities in children. For children under the age of 2, use fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. For kids over two, pea-sized amounts are best.
- Allowing Your Child To Brush Unsupervised – Kids under the ages of 7 or 8 should be monitored when brushing their teeth. This is so that you can make sure they’re brushing all the surfaces of each tooth for the full two minutes required.
- Putting Your Child To Bed With Milk Or Juice – Lastly, children should never be put to bed with a container of milk, juice, or any other beverage besides water. This is the easiest way for tooth decay and dental cavities to form. This habit makes sure that the sugars in these beverages are able to sit on your child’s teeth all night long, breaking down tooth enamel and causing cavities.
We know that you would never knowingly harm your child’s dental health! Rectifying the above issues can go a long way towards improving the health of your child’s pearly whites!
To make an appointment with Dr. Matthew Schacht here at Denver Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, please contact our Denver, Colorado office.