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Don’t let your child be a dental statistic

July 28, 2011 | Children's Dentistry

OK here’s the stats:

  • 10 percent of all children below the age of 2 have at least one cavity.
  • 25 percent of all children have had at least one cavity by their third birthday.
  • 40 percent of all children have had at least one cavity by the time they reach pre school.

What can you as parents do to help your child avoid being a statistic?

Your child’s teeth play an important role in how your child eats and how her jaw and face grow, and will eventually influence how she speaks. Most importantly, these little teeth pave the way for adult teeth, acting not just as space savers, but also maintaining optimal gum health in preparation for the teeth she’ll hopefully have for the rest of her life.What’s the best way to protect your little one’s teeth?

Here’s Tonbridge Dental Centre’s Top 10 Tips

1. Take them to the Dentist

The first visit is usually just a confidence building trip, just to get into the routine and habit of coming to the dentist.Usually the dentist will ask for the child to sit in the chair, (on mummy’s lap is fine) and just count the teeth and look for any obvious problems.There may well follow a conversation about how best to brush and look after your little one’s teeth. At Tonbridge Dental Centre we operate a reward system and all children get a sticker or some sort of toy to show they’ve been a great patient.

2. Wean a child from a bottle to a cup by age one

Bottles take longer to drink and have a more damaging effect on tooth enamel

3. Never allow a baby to fall asleep with a bottle containing anything but water

4. Use spill-proof cups as a transitional step, not a long-term solution

5. Only allow a child continual access to spill-proof cups throughout the day if they contain water

Save juice and milk for snack and mealtimes when increased saliva activity helps to clean teeth. Even watering down orange juice is damaging to teeth – the drink still contains sugar

6. Drink sugary beverages through a straw; the best spill-proof cups are those that have collapsible rubber straws

7. Don’t be fooled into giving your child sugar free or diet fizzy drinks between meals. They still attack tooth enamel

8. Don’t be tempted to dip dummies into honey or sugary things to pacify your child

9. Try to limit snacking between meals

10. MOST IMPORTANTLY – SUPERVISE THE CLEANING OF YOUR CHILD’S TEETH TWICE A DAY

At Tonbridge Dental Centre we love the brush baby toothbrush.