Have your children eaten too much Candy over the Halloween season? Halloween is traditionally a time that children love to dress up and hit the streets to trick or treat. When they arrive home with a basket full of candy and jelly sweets, there is a high possibility that they will take the opportunity to over indulge.
Eating candy, toffee, and chocolate can cause teeth to decay because of the cultivated starches that get stuck between the teeth. Sweet foods that remain in the mouth for long intervals cause bacteria to grow which forms acidic, encouraging decay of the teeth and gums. The sugar left on your teeth is bacteria’s best friend and it can go wild at eating away at your tooth enamel.
It is important that children are encouraged to brush their teeth twice a day and at least for 2- 3 minutes each time- ensuring any excess plague and tarter is dismissed. If your child has had heavy intake of sugar, encourage them to brush their teeth straight away.
Flossing teeth is important as it helps to get rid of the unwanted bits of food that are hard to reach with a normal toothbrush. It is recommended that flossing is carried out every other day and suitable floss can be bought in all variations of thickness. Children will usually have very small gaps between their teeth so make sure you buy suitable floss.
Teach your child the importance of brushing their tongue as well as their teeth as this can soon contain a large build up of bacteria which can lead to gum disease as well as very bad breath. Most people overlook cleaning their tongue but it is highly important as it can be the single most beneficial treatment for bad breath (halitosis).
You can purchase specialised tooth brushes with the tongue scraper at the back of the head. Or if you prefer a separate device, purchase a special designed tongue brush.
A mild mouth wash should be used after brushing as it contains antibacterial to fight plaque and kill germs. It also contains fluoride to strengthen teeth. Specialised mouthwash for children can be used.
Chewing sugar free chewing gum helps to break down bacteria as well as making sure breath is minty fresh. Encourage a regular drink of milk to build up the calcium levels of teeth as well as drinking plenty of water. Eating foods that are good for the body such as vegetables will also help teeth.
Cut out sweet treats and sugar candy for a few weeks and let teeth recover and restore from a period of over indulgence.
If you haven’t changed your tooth brushes in three months make this a priority before regular hygiene activity is carried out. Visits to the dentist should be at least twice a year. Remember caring for teeth should start at an early age and is an important part of your child’s overall health.
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