Good oral health is essential for parents to take preventive measures for childhood oral problems.

From an early age children should have the culture of brushing their teeth 3 times a day, go to their dentist in Armadale twice a year and have healthy eating habits that favor the health of your mouth.

Healthy and happy mouths

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) , the two most frequent oral diseases in pre-school children are: caries and periodontal disease . But, what are these conditions and how are they detected?

1. Dental cavities. It is the loss of hard tissue of the teeth, which manifests itself with the appearance of brown spots on teeth. When cavities are produce, it causes a pain reaction to thermal changes (when we drink cold or hot drinks, or to eat sweet, salty or acidic foods).

The decay is caused by many factors, the main ones : the plaque , which is nothing more than a transparent film formed by different microorganisms that adhere on the teeth every time you eat foods high in sugar.

2. Periodontal diseases. They affect the gum and the support structure of the teeth . If bacterial plaque and food debris is not removed, every day, with an adequate brushing technique, in addition to dental floss, the plaque hardens and becomes tartar.

One of the first stages of this disease is gingivitis , which is caused by the accumulation of bacterial plaque around the tooth and gum. Some symptoms are when the gum becomes inflamed, changes color pink opaque to bright red, bleeds easily when pressed, when biting some hard food or when we brush, also when there is bad breath and bitter mouth taste.

What to do?

Dr Zelman, a family dentist in Armadale recommends the following in order to avoid oral diseases in children.

  • Go to the dentist to receive guidance on proper brushing according to the age and stage of development of the child.
  • Before leaving the first tooth and after receiving the food, clean the gums with clean gauze.
  • Prevent babies from bottle-feeding with milk and sweetening.
  • Moderate consumption of foods based on flours and refined sugars, sticky sweets or candies, as well as sugary drinks, and after ingesting them, perform a toothbrush.
  • Reinforce daily brushing 3 times a day, for two minutes.
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Promote the use of dental floss .
  • Visit the dentist at least every 6 months.
  • Do not share the toothbrush.
  • Before any discomfort, go to the dentist.

Prevention for childhood oral problems is important to avoid future problems in adulthood. Follow the tips above and it will help you maintain your kid’s oral health.