Seven Tips To Safeguard The Oral Health Of Children On Vacation

Keeping the smile intact in a child must be paramount for their parents and this it is mostly good oral health throughout the year. However, in times like holidays, it is advisable to be alert as the change of schedules, and the loss of habits can end up being harmful to the teeth of the smallest.

The tooth is the main piece of the human body that does not recover without anyone else’s input.  Therefore, in addition to the early detection of any infection, the care of the teeth is vital. In the youngest ones, preventing cavities is the primary objective since it is the most common chronic childhood illness.

Currently, and according to data from the Spanish Society of Pediatric Dentistry (SEOP), one in five children (two to four years old) have decay that has not been treated. What can we do to avoid them? What guidelines should we follow during the holidays?

From the Official College of Dentists and Stomatologists of Valencia (ICOEV), seven basic tips are provided to prevent and prevent cavities in children, especially in these dates in which the routine is lost:

Good daily oral hygiene is paramount.

They should brush their teeth after each feast.  Always helped by the elders who should review how they do it, including helping them by starting brushing and letting them finish it.

It is convenient to use fluoride paste at a recommended dose and always with adult supervision. It is necessary to avoid that the children swallow the pasta.

Do not forget that a healthy and balanced diet is crucial for the oral health of our children.

It is highly recommended that parents make a selection of foods trying to avoid excessive consumption of those rich in sugar, acid or sticky and extreme care with soft drinks, sweets, smoothies, juices, etc.

In the case of babies, it is advisable not to put them to bed with a bottle at night or during a nap. Mainly if it contains liquids such as milk, juice or any other type of sugar or acid liquid as it increases the risk of caries formation.

The first visit to the pediatric dentist should be made at the latest once the child completes the milk dentition to detect and prevent future problems (cavities, malocclusions, enamel defects, harmful habits, etc.). Performing something like one yearly dental registration is prudent. Also, these first visits will serve to normalize the visit to the dentist thus avoiding possible future fears.