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Saving Money on Children’s Dental Care

Just about every parent wants what’s best for their children, and that generally doesn’t change when it comes to teeth. Then again, everyone knows that dental care can get expensive when the patient hasn’t been very careful with their teeth. But sometimes kids just don’t know any better, so we’ve compiled a few tips to make sure your children’s teeth get the best care, while your wallet doesn’t take a beating.

Baby teeth matter, get them checked!

In order to avoid the need for potentially expensive dental replacements like dental bridges and implants in the future, it’s important to start early by building great habits when it comes to teeth. This begins in the dentists office at your child’s very first appointment. While many parents mistakenly believe an infant doesn’t need to see the dentist (because they don’t have teeth) this isn’t actually true. In order to make sure everything is as it should be, your baby should see the family dentist right around the time their first tooth comes in (6 months to a year). In the meantime, be sure to wash your baby’s gums with a warm, damp wash cloth to take care of any residual food.

Limit Bottles and Pacifiers 

Bottles and pacifiers should see limited use at night due to their ability to impact the future bite and tooth placement of your child. However, it’s doubly important to avoid letting your child go to bed with a bottle with anything that could hurt their teeth, particularly sugary drinks. Doing so would simply bathe your child’s tooth In sugar all night, and a cavity wouldn’t be too far away.

Brush with them

One of the most important tips you can learn when it comes to setting your child up for a lifetime of healthy teeth is that brushing with them will quickly help them develop healthy brushing habits. By brushing with your children, you take advantage of their natural urge to emulate mom or dad,  which goes a long way when it comes to helping them realize how important it is to brush after every meal and floss daily.

Why it matters….and why they aren’t just “baby teeth”

One of the most dangerous misconceptions when it comes to children’s teeth is that “they’re just baby teeth, they’re not even permanent.” This line of thinking is bad for two reasons. First, it undermines how important it is for your children to develop good brushing and flossing habits. Just like learning a language, the fundamentals are easier to instill when it’s done early.

Secondly, while baby teeth will eventually be replaced by adult teeth, their influence lives on. Because every baby tooth doesn’t fall out at the same time, adult teeth rely on them for help when it comes to spacing and alignment. Without the baby teeth, adult teeth could come in crooked and out of alignment.

Do you have questions about your child’s teeth? If your family lives in California and you’re looking for a great family dentist in the Cypress area, we can help! If not, and you’re just looking for some good information, feel free to continue browsing our blog.

Cypress Family Dentistry: 3 Simple Tips for Better Teeth

One of the most important tasks any good family dental clinic will undertake is the task of educating patients.

But education goes far beyond informing patients about how to instruct their children to properly brush their teeth, or when a dental bridge  should be used. While most patients understand that sugary drinks and candy can be detrimental to your teeth, many patients don’t realize that it’s all sugar that should be avoided, which leads us to our first tip:

For Healthier Teeth: Don’t Just Beware Sugar, Beware Carbs and Starches

While you might not look at potato chips and other starchy snacks as a dental risk, that’s because you’re not thinking about their chemistry. While they might not have a lot of sugar on their ingredient’s list, the starch in potato chips (and other starch-filled items) converts into sugar after you’ve eaten them. If you’ve eaten or served snacks like these, follow them up with water whenever you can. Or, at the best you can opt instead for mixed nuts – which are ultimately more healthy and less likely to allow sugars to bathe your teeth.

Drink More Water

You would likely hear the same advice from your doctor, but don’t be surprised to hear it from your family dentist as well, that is: drink more water. Most dental patients don’t drink nearly enough water. Not only is it helpful to your body, but it also helps to wash away the bacteria in your mouth while neutralizing acid residue as well. If you’re consuming food or beverages that are acidic always remember to rinse, rinse rinse.  On top of this, if your children participate in sports and feel inclined to the occasional sports drink, be careful. While these drinks are okay from time to time, water is always better than a sugary sports drink that not only contains calories, but can also be an unnecessary burden on the teeth.

Brush: At the Right Time, with the Right Force

Nobody needs to be told that brushing your teeth is important. However, many patients do need to hear a few not-said-enough warnings about their teeth. First, don’t brush too hard. Brushing too hard for too long can eventually wear down your tooth’s enamel, while also contributing to gum erosion (which can contribute to sensitivity and other problems down the road). On top of not brushing too hard, it’s also important to consider the acid in your diet. Just like we mentioned it being important to wash away acid from your diet, it’s also important not to help it attack your teeth. Brushing too soon after eating acidic can contribute to accelerated erosion and abrasion. Due to this, it’s best to wait for about 30 minutes after eating to brush.