Never ignore your child’s oral hygiene maintenance




Vacations from schools always bring a feeling of joy and happiness for small children as well as teenagers. Children plan special events for their holidays and arrange various plays and extra-curricular activities. Over the years, North Phoenix dental health care professionals have observed better degree of oral and dental health care maintenance among school children during their summer as well as winter vacations. This has been estimated to be the consequence of free time for performing proper tooth brushing and mouth rinsing in the morning after getting and at night before going to bed. Increased quantity of dental plaque and calculus formation which can lead to the development of dental caries has been observed soon after end of vacations when children have to attend their schools. During school days, children have to prepare themselves for attending classes and they can spare less time for tooth brushing and mouth rinsing. Parents also neglect oral hygiene measures in children in the process of making breakfast and performing other necessary functions for the children. During school days, the importance of oral hygiene maintenance becomes more important as the children are more exposed to associated risk factors for the occurrence of dental caries such as increased sugary snacks in school and less consumption of water which can act as natural cleanser.

Pediatric dentist in North Phoenix advises to ensure certain measures for the prevention of dental caries in children as well as adults. Make it a habit to perform brushing your kid’s teeth before breakfast time as it gets too hasty to send them to school after breakfast. Never interrupt small children while performing tooth brushing and teeth cleaning procedures for carrying out other activities. Refrain from giving excessive sweetened drinks and foods to your children especially in feeding bottles as these are the main culprits in the occurrence of tooth decay. Always ensure your child takes plenty of water during the day and before going to sleep at night. Water is the safest drink for teeth and it also neutralizes pH of oral environment in addition to performing a cleansing effect. Regular dental consultation visits to your dental health care professional at least twice per year or whenever you find it necessary must be ensured for the maintenance of optimum oral health conditions.

The beginning of a new school year is usually a big transition, as lazy summer mornings are quickly replaced by mad dashes to the bus stop.

“In the hustle and bustle of back-to-school, dental care often falls by the wayside,” Gretchen Henson, program director of advanced education in pediatric dentistry in the department of dental medicine at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., said in a hospital news release.

“Tooth care is critical, but during busy school mornings, kids sometimes forget to brush. Children should see the dentist twice a year, but adequate home care, healthy diets and trauma prevention can ensure that children’s teeth stay healthy when they get back to school,” Henson added.