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Trusted Etobicoke dentist offers dental care tips for kids

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Dental Care for Kids at Sherway Dentistry in Etobicoke Area
Most adults understand that good oral health care is important. Even the busiest of dental patients find the time to brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly in order to avoid tooth decay and gum disease and to keep their smiles sparkling. However, trusted Etobicoke dentist, Dr. Shefali Tuli knows that parents often underestimate the importance of good oral health care for their children. She offers the following dental care tips and advice for parents with kids of any age.

Baby teeth are important

Studies suggest that nearly 25 percent of children under the age of five have a cavity in their baby teeth. While these cavities are often small and can be fixed with a filling, it can be a troublesome indicator of oral health in adulthood. Baby teeth are important for the development of the mouth and decay in those teeth can cause them to fall out before the adult teeth are ready to replace them.

Set good oral health care habits early

Oral health care for children should start early. As soon as the first tooth erupts, parents should brush the teeth and gums with a soft toothbrush. Visits to the dentist can begin as soon as six months after the first tooth arrives. Dr. Tuili offers the following tips to help parents instill good oral health habits:
  • Let them see you brush and floss. Children often mirror adult behavior. If they see you taking care of your teeth, they will want to take care of theirs.
  • Make it fun. Let your child pick out his toothbrush, play a silly song while they brush, or let them hold a favorite stuffed animal while you floss their teeth.
  • Make sure it’s effective. Most kids will want control of the toothbrush long before they have the ability to effectively clean their teeth. Let your child take the first pass at the teeth, but be sure to help them clean the molars, between the teeth, and around the gum line.
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Older children have special needs

As a child gets older parents might think their oral health care monitoring can stop. In fact, older kids and teens should continue to take their dental health seriously. In addition to monitoring for good oral health care habits, dentists are often able to identify bite issues, diagnose TMJ that can cause headaches or facial pain, and provide guidance about orthodontic treatment. For more information or to schedule a dental appointment for your child, call 416.639.2546.

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