Establishing good habits can help your child avoid oral health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Our Liverpool Dentist have listed a helpful question and answers list below to help you identify ways in which you can protect your children's teeth.
Caring for teeth from a young age can mean trouble free teeth for life
Can I let my child have sweets?
Most children want sweets, but you can help prevent problems by making sure they don’t eat them often and encouraging them only to eat their sweets with a meal. This way, your child avoids the extra acid caused by eating sweets between meals. Try not to give sweets or sweet drinks as rewards.
What are the best snacks to give my child?
The best snacks are fruit and raw vegetables. Try tangerines, bananas, pieces of cucumber or carrot sticks. Other good snacks include breadsticks, crackers, rice cakes and plain popcorn.
Should I let me child have fizzy drinks?
No. Fizzy drinks contain acids that can affect the enamel on your child's teeth, making it thinner.
What are the best drinks for my child's teeth?
The best drinks for children over one year old are water or milk. Cows' milk is not suitable as a drink until your baby is 12 months old. Use full-fat milk (whole milk) from the age of 12 months to two years. Semi-skimmed milk can be introduced from the age of two, as long as your child is a good eater and growing well for their age. Skimmed milk doesn't contain enough fat, so is not recommended for children under five. Fruit juices contain sugars and acids, so it's best to have these only at mealtimes and use a straw. If your child is thirsty, it's better to give them water than to encourage a taste for sweet drinks. Try to avoid giving babies fruit-flavoured 'baby juices', and never give them in feeding bottles. Fruit juice is not suitable for babies under six months.
Will milk at bedtime damage my child's teeth?
Water is the best drink to give at bedtime, but if you do give milk, don't add anything to it. Chocolate-flavoured drinks and milkshake powder usually contain sugars, which can increase the risk of decay if given at bedtime.
Our Liverpool Dentist is happy to discuss any concerns you may have about your child's oral health. Please contact us.