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5 Tips to Ensure a Beautiful and Healthy Smile for Your Kids

Dr. David Osborne

Dr. David Osborne

Healthy teeth are crucial to the overall health of your child. They help your child to talk and eat properly. Poor oral health can lead to diseases, infections and other teeth problems. It can be difficult for parents to know how to protect their kids’ teeth, which makes pediatric care very important. Count on Heritage Dental Centre for providing reliable dental care to your kids.

We have been providing quality dental services, including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry in South Edmonton for more than 30 years. We apply our dental knowledge in a gentle and caring way.

Let’s look into the tips to ensure that your kid has good oral health.

1. Schedule Regular Check-Ups

Ensure that you take your child for a consultation by their first birthday. Early preventive care will save you a lot of money in the long run. Regular visits to your pediatric care specialist will help to avoid dental problems like gum disease or cavities, which may require long and expensive treatments.

2. Consistently Reinforce Good Dental Habits

Brushing is important from the beginning. Before your baby’s teeth start to grow, you can gently brush their gums. Use water on a baby toothbrush or a soft and clean washcloth to clean their gums. When your baby’s teeth start appearing, brush twice a day with a baby toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste.

3. Cut Back on Processed Juices

Many of us believe that packaged juices are a healthy choice for a drink, but the concentration of sugar in them can lead to tooth decay problems. Ensure that your child doesn’t have more than four ounces a day of 100% fruit juice. Give your little ones non-sugary drinks and try to use juice only as a treat if necessary. Check out this article from Healthline for additional info on which drinks to avoid.

4. See What Your Kids Put in Their Mouths

The mouth of a newborn won’t contain the bacteria that can cause cavities. However, food contaminated by little toys and objects your baby puts in the mouth can transmit bacteria. We know the little ones are very prone to putting items that are within their reach inside their mouth – it’s crucial to make sure that unwanted things are not going near them, specifically stuff that might be hazardous, contains germs and bacteria.

5. Be a Good Role Model

Children love to imitate their parents – aren’t we their first role models after all? Show them how important oral health is by making sure you practise impeccable dental hygiene. Make brushing teeth a fun activity and adopt an encouraging and positive attitude while doing so!

Let Heritage Dental Centre Help

The dentists at Heritage Dental Centre are trained in all aspects of treating oral problems in children. We can help you in deciding the dental treatment plan that is best for your loved ones. Let us help with taking care of your little one’s teeth with our team of highly skilled pediatric dentists! Check out our article with tips on taking care of your kids’ teeth.

Questions? Concerns? Call us today for pediatric care in South Edmonton!

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Dr. David Osborne
Dr. David Osborne
Part Owner of Heritage Dental Centre Edmonton with over 5 years experience.