Bad Habits that are often unconscious and have an impact on Children's Dental Health


When your child suddenly complains that his tooth hurts, as parents of course we will worry. Maybe we think, Why does your child suddenly have a toothache even though he has been brushing his teeth regularly?

Maybe your little one is diligent in brushing his teeth, but has he been kept away from various habits that could damage his teeth? Or maybe the habits that children do are considered trivial and safe? So what are the habits that are often taken for granted but can damage children's teeth?


Sucking habit on a pacifier

The first and most often unnoticed is the sucking habit. Especially if what is drunk is juice, packaged milk or other drinks that contain a lot of sugar or sweeteners. Is it often like this? Did you know that sweet drinks can stick the child's teeth for hours? as a result, the child's teeth can be damaged, even have to be pulled out.

Sweet foods

It still has something to do with the first point but the difference is in terms of food. Just like sucking on a pacifier, sweet foods can stick to children's teeth for quite a long time, especially if they are not diligent in brushing their teeth

Breastfeeding or snacking at night when the child has brushed his teeth can leave sugar in the mouth and child's teeth all night, as a result, the child's enamel can be damaged and become easily hollow. Who also recommends reducing sugar less than 10% of total energy, ideally less than 5% to minimize the risk of tooth decay in children.

Biting stationery such as pencils and pens

This habit is often done by children without realizing it, but it turns out that it can also affect their dental health. Therefore, we as parents must still be alert because this habit of biting stationery can make bacteria that may have stuck to stationery enter the mouth, then trigger damage and cracks in the teeth.

Often sucking thumbs 

You may wonder what the impact of this habit is on your child’s dental health. Indeed, sucking thumbs is a common habit among toddlers because it can be one way to calm a baby, but do you know if this habit continues until the child is over 5 years old, his teeth will be more at risk for being messy? it can even affect the shape of his jaw.

To stop the habit of sucking thumbs in children, you can explain to the child about the negative effects of sucking his thumb on his teeth, and give praise and rewards if the child succeeds in not sucking his thumb in a certain period, or give a distraction such as toys, books, or other activities that keep his hands busy.

Swallowing toothpaste

When the little one is just taught to brush his teeth independently, this is quite common, especially since children's toothpaste is usually available in a variety of flavors and colors that are attractive, it is not impossible that the child deliberately swallows it.

Well, if swallowed in large amounts, fluoride in toothpaste can gradually cause a harmful condition called fluorosis which is an unhealthy change in color on the child’s teeth that needs to be avoided for aesthetic reasons.

Hospital Cleveland Clinic explains about fluorosis on their site, which is a condition characterized by white spots on the teeth due to excessive exposure to fluoride when permanent teeth are still developing under the gums.

They also provide tips to prevent such as using toothpaste with fluoride content that is appropriate for the child's age and limiting the consumption of foods and drinks that contain fluoride.

That is a habit that is often considered trivial but it turns out that it can damage children's teeth. So, if the child has these habits, immediately help him to stop or reduce them gradually.




Then how do you do first aid if your child's teeth hurt?

We understand in reality this is easier said than done, isn't it? but that doesn't mean it can't be done. If in the process parents feel overwhelmed because the child is very difficult to stop habits that can damage these teeth, don't delay asking for help from experts such as dentists or pediatricians.

In addition to taking him to the dentist, parents can help relieve his pain at home by using simple ingredients

Salt water relieves toothache in children

Salt water is a natural antiseptic that can help loosen food particles and dirt that may be trapped between teeth. You can dissolve one teaspoon of salt in a glass, then ask your child to gargle with salt water. But remember, this method can only be done if he is over 5 years old or when they can gargle well.

Peppermint tea bag

You can take advantage of peppermint tea bags, they can be used to soothe sensitive gums because have relaxing properties and also contain menthol which is known to be antibacterial. The trick is quite easy, first put the brewed tea bag into the refrigerator for a few minutes, then attach the tea bag directly to the area of ​​the child's tooth that feels sore.

Cold compress

You can also give a cold compress around the area of ​​the child's tooth that hurts to relieve the pain he experiences, but this method is not recommended if his toothache is due to sensitive teeth.

Remember that these natural ways are only useful for helping to relieve symptoms, not addressing the cause. Parents still need to take him to the dentist and find out the cause and proper treatment

Hopefully it will be useful for parents who are having problems with their children's teeth, don't take it lightly and don't forget to visit our website so you don't miss out latest updated health information.

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