As a parent, you want to know how best to care for your children's teeth. Dr. Ed Moody, the President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), recently spoke with Julie Relevant of Fox News about common mistakes to avoid when it comes to your children's teeth:
- Allowing children to brush alone: Most children don't develop the fine motor skills required of teeth brushing until they've reaching the age of eight. Accordingly, it is important for parents to supervise their children's brushing, making sure they are using the correct technique.
- Scheduling the first dentist appointment too late: Unfortunately dentists say it's not that rare to see patients as young as two or three years old need to go under general anesthesia for the treatment of cavities or infections. But parents can prevent this by setting up an orthodontist appointment early, by their child's first birthday or when their first tooth comes in, whichever comes first.
- Not using Fluoride: Fluoride still stands as one of the best ways to prevent cavities. It's important to stick to the correct amount, based on your child's age. "For children 3 years old and younger, use the equivalent of a grain of rice, and for children 3 to 6 years old, a pea-sized amount is enough," Fox News says.
By supervising teeth brushing, being proactive about dentist visits and using Fluoride, you can help ensure the health of your children's teeth and teach them good habits for the long run.
Part of a good dental routine also involves seeing an orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists (ADA) recommends that your child has an orthodontic appointment before their seventh birthday.
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