“Every time we eat something with sugar, the oral bacteria produce acid that can damage the teeth and this ‘attack’ can last for up to 20 minutes each time! Try to eat sweets only at the end of meal when you are able to brush afterwards.”
Please remember the following:
Bacteria must be removed twice a day (morning and night), as they begin to develop 12 hours after their removal.
Parents must brush their children’s teeth until the recommended age of 8 – 10, as children may not have the manual dexterity or coordination to do so correctly on their own.
Toothpaste must contain an adequate amount of fluoride according to the child’s age. We’ll advise you on this issue during your child’s first visit.
Too much toothpaste on the brush during the years 1-6 can cause damage to the permanent teeth due to increased swallowing of the fluoride that is in the toothpaste. If this happens, then fluorosis can occur. Fluorosis is a disease of the enamel that occurs during the development of the permanent teeth and presents with white or brown spots on the enamel of the permanent teeth.
Bring your child in to see us every six months. Find out if your local water supply contains fluoride. If it doesn’t, we recommend you buy bottled water with fluoride in it. Promoting good oral hygiene when your child is young can prevent baby bottle tooth decay and promote good dental habits that will last a lifetime.