There is no reason your child’s adult teeth should not last a lifetime if they develop healthy habits and get regular dental care, including checkups. Fortunately, the professionals at our dental clinic can help you learn everything you need to know about proper oral care for both you and your child. They can become that critical support that goes a long way in helping your child develop healthy habits.
Sometimes, developing healthy habits involves breaking unhealthy ones. Grinding the teeth is something that will wear them down needlessly. Individuals can grind them at night, during the day or both. Reasons for doing this can vary. Regardless of the reason, there are some things our dentist can do to help.
If misaligned teeth are contributing to your child’s problem, you might want to have a discussion about how to get them straightened. Having these things fixed will improve your child’s overall oral health in addition to preventing the damage that grinding can do.
While it goes without saying that brushing and flossing are vital, our dentist can help you choose the right type of toothbrush for your little one. For example, using a brush with stiff bristles may seem like a better choice on the surface. However, it can cause problems like separating the gums from the teeth in some cases. Our dentist can advise you on what is best.
Flossing is much more effective when it is done correctly. The best way to ensure that this is happing is to let the professionals at our dental clinic demonstrate the proper method for both brushing and flossing.
Another habit your child should break, if they have it, is using the teeth for tasks that should be done with tools like scissors, knives or tweezers. The force this exerts on the teeth can cause them to chip or crack. During an appointment at our dental clinic, our dentist can show you and your child examples of teeth that have been damaged by these kinds of things. It may be that the biggest thing needed to help your child break this habit is some simple awareness of the potential consequences.
The team at our dental clinic can give you information on things that should be included in your child’s diet to promote oral health. For example, foods or drinks that are rich in calcium can contribute to stronger teeth. You can also find information on things that can be harmful by consulting with our dentist.
If you have hopes that your child’s adult teeth will last a lifetime, you could turn those hopes into reality by visiting Ashburn Children’s Dentistry for preventative care and to learn about healthy habits. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our state-of-the-art, kid-friendly dental clinic in Ashburn.