Parenting with Positivism : Issue 14

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Sep 2015 . VOLUME 14 . ISSUE 14 Tips for raising your superstar with common-sense and Love
 
“Out you go, notorious Cavities!!”
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“Momma!”, called my daughter with a deep shrill. I knew it instantly that it was yet another painful bout she got from the cavities which recently settled down on her teeth. “Time to go to the dentist”, I said. Whether your child is 4 or 14, a trip to the medical practitioners is always tough.

When I visited the clinic, I started talking to other parents around, and found so many kids of similar age to my daughter, who had never shied away from gulping chocolates, dabs, candies and a cornucopia of junk food. What more- most of the kids went to bed without brushing and flossing. As much as I would have liked to claim otherwise and showcase my daughter’s dental hygiene, I shamefully admit her case was the same.  ) No matter I was well determined that now onwards I will be following a strict dental regime and will collect all the necessary information which will help in maintaining a dental hygiene perfectly.

My biggest learning was that Prevention is the key. And this lead to discovering more- what makes for healthy teeth? Can decay be prevented? What about teething? When should a child first visit the dentist? What about permanent teeth and braces? Phew!! And I started research for improvement of dental hygiene (my daughter calls my journey the “Teeth Street”). The ultimate destination of this journey is healthy teeth and life-long habit for hygiene. Here’s some tips shared by experts, answering the many questions about this!

WHAT MAKES GOOD TEETH?
  • Growing teeth needs proper nutrition, including calcium, phosphorus, Vitamin C and Vitamin D.
  • Good sources of calcium and phosphorus include vegetables, cereals, calcium supplemented juices and milk. Sources of Vitamin D include fortified milk, drops and sunlight.
  • Sources of Vitamin C include fruits, especially citrus, raw tomatoes, cabbage, etc.
  • Another valuable mineral that form strong, decay resistant tooth is fluoride.
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WHEN TO FIRST VISIT THE DENTIST?

At the earliest! The early preventive visit helps both the sides. The dentist is able to detect the developing problems in the early stages, when they are solved more easily, painlessly and inexpensively. Moreover, your child will have positive experience of dental visits as the following visits will be preventive rather than drill and fill sessions of childhood, the memories of which haunt many adults.

TOOTH DECAY

  • Some children get a lot of cavities, others almost none. The principal cause of tooth decay is acid produced by bacteria living in the mouth. The bacteria combine with food debris to form a material called dental plaque that sticks to tooth surfaces. The more hours of the day this plaque remains on the teeth, the greater the number of bacteria and the more acid is produced. The bacteria live off sugar and starches in the child’s diet. Anything that keeps sugars sitting in the mouth for a long time is likely to be good for the bacteria and bad for the teeth. That is why frequent in-between meal snacking promotes tooth decay. Especially harmful are- lollipops, sticky sweets, dry fruit, fizzy drinks, which cling to the teeth.
  • Saliva contains substances that help teeth resist attack by bacteria. Since the body produces less saliva during sleep, night time in which cavity form the most. That is why brushing the teeth before bed is so important.

EFFECTIVE BRUSHING AND FLOSSING

  • How can tooth decay be prevented? The secret is daily, consistent removal of plaque before it does its nasty work.
  • To clean a child’s teeth we must use a soft bristled brush.
  • A child’s teeth should be carefully brushed after breakfast and before bedtime, with daily flossing between adjoining teeth, usually before brushing at night. If possible, an after lunch brushing is helpful to, remove food residue.
  • It’s worth getting your child use a gentle flossing as soon as you notice food wedged between her teeth. Your child’s dentist can demonstrate all the methods used to hold a child for perfect brushing and flossing. Best of all, when your child is able to brush and floss effectively without your help she will already be accustomed to the daily habit.
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HOME REMEDIES FOR TOOTHACHE
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Pepper and Salt: Mix equal amounts of salt and pepper with few drops of water to make a paste. This is effective for sensitive tooth.
Garlic: Mixed a crushed garlic clove with some table salt or black salt and apply on the affected tooth to alleviate the pain. One or two cloves of garlic can be chewed to get relief.
Cloves: Grind two whole cloves and mix it with olive oil or any vegetable oil and apply on affected tooth. Cloves can help immensely as it has anti-inflammatory, anti- bacterial, antioxidant and analgesic properties.
Onions: If raw onions cannot be chewed then keep a sliced piece of raw onion on the affected tooth. It relieves toothache.
Asafetida: add a pinch or one-half teaspoon of powdered asafetida to two teaspoons of lemon juice and then warm it slightly. Use a cotton pad to apply the solution on the affected area. This will give you quick relief from the pain.
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Our children’s smile makes our day, isn’t it? Let’s protect it. It’s never too early to start taking care of your child’s teeth. Baby teeth are not just important for a pretty smile, they are essential for their overall health. Share pictures of your child’s beautiful smile, and we’ll feature it on all online platforms! Write in to us at [email protected] and we will publish them on our website!We will be waiting to hear from you!
 
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