Pediatric Dental Care: Mind Your P’s and Q’s to Ensure Your Kids’ and Teens’ Teeth Stay Healthy!

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No doubt your kids are your pride and joy! Any good parent wants to make sure their kids are well-cared for and will do anything in their power to ensure they do their part.

This same diligence should extend to your kids dental health too! Proper pediatric dental care helps to keep your kids’ and teen’s teeth as healthy as their body!

When you need a pediatric dentist Milwaukee, our family dentistry practice at Cigno Family Dental is here for you and the pediatric dental care of your children!

Here are also some key points to remember regarding pediatric dental care:

Pediatric Dental Care Tip 1: Watch what your kids and teens eat!

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But it might help keep (repeated) visits to the Dentist away too! Yes, kids love sweets but sugar is not good for their insides or their teeth either. Fruit – like apples – satisfies the sweet cravings kids have without putting their oral health in danger.

Pediatric Dentistry Tip 2: Watch the binky!

We all know that many infants love their pacifiers. And they can be great for soothing little ones when they are fussy. However, continuing to allow your child or children to use a pacifier into toddlerhood can result in teeth that are misaligned and/or not properly developed.

Pediatric Dental Care Tip 3: Watch the meds!

Of course, there are times when medications are necessary when caring for your children. However, liquid medications pose a small risk to their teeth. Similar to the risk of sugary drinks like juice or soda. Ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and sucrose, citric acid, and even antihistamines can have a negative impact on young teeth. Counteract these effects by not giving medications before bed if possible. And always rinse the teeth with a swish of water after these medicines are administered.

Family Dentistry Tip 4: Keep teen boys away from smokeless tobacco!

Many teen boys – especially those who are athletes – seem to think smokeless tobacco products like dip and snuff are not as harmful as other tobacco products you smoke. Yet, this is not the case. Smokeless tobacco still poses the risk of oral cancer and increased cavities. Dip or snuff also increases the likelihood of other head, throat, and sinus cancers too. And this risk is much higher for those who start younger.

The main thing is remembering you are your kids’ and teens’ dental guardian and dental health advocate.

A good pediatric or family dentist in a reputable Milwaukee family dental practice can always help!

Kids don’t always make smart decisions so it is up to the adults in their lives to make sure they learn to take care of their teeth while growing up, so they stay in good shape until – and while – they are grown!

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