The don’ts of caring for your child’s teeth

Tooth decay is the most common dental ailment among children and can cause a host of problems. Fortunately, when it comes to caring for your child’s teeth, there are many well-known steps you can take to keep them healthy and strong, such as regular brushing, flossing and eating a balanced diet.
But, what should you avoid?

Sugary treats!

Sugary sweets, especially when children don’t keep a strict dental hygiene schedule, can be devastating on teeth.  The stickier the sweet, candy or toffee, the more likely it is to get stuck between the teeth and cause tooth decay. Make sure that children brush their teeth soon after indulging in these treats. If you’re out and do not have access to a toothbrush, or circumstances don’t permit brushing, carry a child-friendly mouthwash with you. If all else fails, let your child rinse with some good old H20. Water has the ability to neutralise the sugars in the mouth and rinse away most of the damaging substances.

No sippy-cups!

Harvard Health advises that frequently sipping juice or milk means that teeth are constantly bathed in sugar, including natural sugars from unsweetened beverages. These sugars can do the same damage to teeth. If kids are going to carry around a beverage, it should be water.

Don’t let them munch on hard candies

Candies, ice, rock-hard cookies; anything that requires intense jaw power has the potential to break the enamel of the tooth. Hard candy in particular is a big no-no!

You may not have the patience to find out how many licks it takes to get to the centre of your hard candy and instead find yourself chewing it, instead of sucking on it, says The Smile Centre. Why do you think they are called ‘jaw-breakers’?

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