Corona Lockdown & Kids Cavity
It’s a lock down everywhere and whether you like it or not, your naughty kids are enjoying their time at home with movies and chips and candies; the perfect mixture of bad dental health and ruined teeth. It is a well-known fact amongst dentists that after long vacations, summer holidays, Diwali etc., we have more patients with cavities and dental issues. So during this corona lock down make sure you look after your kids oral health and prevent any decay and in case of any emergency of the teeth, reach out to Partha Dental at their emergency number.
Here are some things to keep in mind when your kids are enjoying the lockdown and not going to school. Remember, foods that stick in the mouth cause maximum damage even if they are not sweet ! So here are some tips to keep their teeth healthy during this lockdown.
- Maintain Oral Hygiene Routine
You want your children to enjoy this sudden break, but you may need to remind them to keep up their oral hygiene routine as a part of their daily life. This can only be enforced if you too follow your healthy oral hygiene of brushing and flossing daily.
The rules are simple but easy to overlook when your mind is somewhere else or you are too stressed.
- Your children should brush their teeth two or three times a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Each brushing should last for a minimum of 2 minutes.
- Make sure they reach the back of the mouth with their brush and remove any lodged food particles.
- Your children, if they are older than 10 years need to floss once per day; children under 10 years may avoid flossing.
- To brush your teeth effectively, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and go back and forth.
- The few minutes spent on brushing each day should be made out as a fun activity needed for healthy teeth and gums and not as a chore to be finished fast.
- Make sure they also clean their tongues that helps to removes bacteria that can cause bad breath and smell their breath afterwards to see if they have cleaned it well.
- Avoid sticky foods like chips, cheese and candies that are very sticky.
- Lastly, do not forget brushing before sleeping as it removes the bacteria that causes cavities, otherwise it can play on the teeth for the full night and cause extensive damage.
2. Watch Those Sweets
Kids just love to eat sweet things and candies and can munch on them the whole day, if not stopped as sugar gives a “rush” to their tiny brains and makes them feel happy!!!!
Sugar can harm their teeth and gums. Sugar enables harmful bacteria to thrive in your child’s mouth. So, to prevent any damage, make sure that they –
- They eat a healthy breakfast. Feed your children dalia, oatmeal , cornflakes, parantha etc, along with a serving of any fruit for breakfast and stay away from sugary cereals.
- Limit how often they eat sweets. It’s less harmful to a child’s teeth if he or she eats sweets once or twice a day rather than to eat sweets continuously.
- Teach them to brush everytime after eating sweets.
- Watch the snacks. Don’t just give your kids snacks during the day as a matter of course; they’ll let you know when they’re hungry. Provide healthy snacks, such as fruits, cut carrots, muskmelon, mangoes, guavas etc but not laddus or cake .
- Another big culprit is sweet drinks and sodas. Watch the sugary beverages. Limit the amount of coke, pepsi and other sweetened , packaged juices your child drinks. Suggest your child drink water after exercise. During meals, go with butter milk.
3. Don’t Misuse Your Teeth
Your children mimic what you do more than you think. If you’re in a habit of opening a package or breaking a string with your teeth, your children may do the same. Use your hands or get a pair of scissors. You or your child could chip a tooth or damage your gums. Do not use your teeth as a pair of scissors and avoid chipping and breakage.
Lastly, Stay hydrated!
From cold coffee to” payasaam”, kheer to halwa and chocolates all are loaded with harmful sugars that can, break down the enamel on your kid’s teeth and cause decay. Do yourself a favour and stick to water. H2O keeps you hydrated and keeps your smile strong and healthy. Cheers!
Following these tips will help your kids to stay away from any dental problems as in this season of Corona virus, we definitely don’t want any more trouble in the form of tooth pain or cavity! But, in case of a dental emergency, do reach out to Partha Dental at their toll free numbers in 130 locations!