Most parents just have their kids’ teeth checked when they’re already pain, which should not be the case!
As a first time mom, I was very worried when white lines started appearing on top of my daughter’s front teeth! Ysha had her 1st dental checkup when she was 10 months old. And we had her teeth cleaned plus fluoride treatment on her 1 year and 6 months old monthsary. 🙂
We honestly had a hard time looking for a dental clinic whose forte are kids. I am really happy we found Little Ones Dental Clinic as our partner on keeping Ysha’s teeth healthy. Not so mainstream and commercialized but totally loved their clinic at SM Megamall and the pedia dentists and receptionist are very professional.
Mothers will do what it takes to keep their kids healthy at all time. Protect your kid’s smile with these simple tips:
SEE THE DENTIST FOR THE FIRST TIME BY AGE 1.
There is no such thing as a child too young to deserve good oral health. ALL pediatrics associations worldwide recommend that every child see a dentist by age 1. The more they come with you and see what you’re doing, the more comfortable they will be.
USE FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE.
“Tooth decay is the most prevalent disease of childhood — it’s five to eight times more common than asthma,” according to a pediatric dentist in NYC. Fluoride toothpaste can block cavities by helping to remineralize areas of teeth that have been bombarded by bacterial acids.
CLEAN RIGHT AWAY.
You can “brush” even before your little one’s teeth erupt by using infant tooth and gum wipes/brush once a day. Our dentist says Ysha has to drink water after breastfeeding to wash of the milk from the teeth. Once they get at least one tooth, graduate to brushing with a soft-bristled kids’ toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
Age 6 is the appropriate target age for brushing independently. It’s about the same time they learn to tie their shoes.
Flossing is not optional, even for kids. No matter how well you brush your child’s teeth, if they are touching you’re not going to be able to get all the food or plaque out.” The little-kid disposable flossers are fine, as long as you still pull the floss firmly against the sides of each tooth. For this, mommies, you sometimes have to do whatever it takes. Hahaha!
DON’T SHARE THEIR PERSONAL THINGS.
You can delay the bacteria from getting in your child’s mouth by avoiding saliva-sharing behaviors. Don’t share spoons, cups, pacifier or toothbrush. This actually also applies to us- their moms.
Calcium is very important in the formation of strong teeth. Milk and cheese it is! But if they don’t consume dairy, a multivitamin approved by your child’s pedia may also be beneficial, or you may also consider giving them almonds or oranges. It’s also important to avoid food and drinks that are acidic or full of sugar in creating a strong foundation for you children’s teeth,
Remember, your kids will learn their eating habits from you! Set a good example by eating a healthy and always brush and floss your own teeth. It’s good for your kids and good for your own journey toward whole body wellness!
Here are foods that actually strengthen kids’ teeth!
- Oranges, kiwis, strawberries, limes, and peppers
- Milk, yogurt, and cheese
- Raw carrots, celery, cauliflower, green beans
- Sesame, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds, and nuts
I highly recommend you visit Little Ones Dental Clinic and have your 1 year olds and toddlers teeth checked soon! They have 2 branches: SM Megamall and SM Mall Of Asia. Thank you so much to Dr. Enric for being so child-friendly and gentle. We’ll see you again in 6 months, doc! 😀
Call them at (02) 637-0632 or visit http://www.littleonesdental.com for inquiries.
You may also watch our YouTube vid and see the little girl crying during the procedure! 😀
Let’s preserve their precious smiles as early as we can!