Maintaining your child's oral heath is not just important for their development and overall well being; it can also instill in them a sense of discipline and self-respect. There has never been a better time to seek the advice of a child dentist and start making your own organic toothpastes and mouthwashes for you and your family in order to reduce the contact with artificial chemicals and alcohol they have. It'll help you to save money and ensure you're safely preventing oral health issues which are often caused by the huge array of sugary foods and drinks that flood the market.
Plaque and Tartar
Plaque and tartar are the build up and calcification of bacteria, which is often sparked in children by eating large amounts of sugary food. This is also caused by not brushing teeth, which can lead to poor dental health, bad breath, self-confidence issues and even bullying. Fortunately this is something that can be prevented through regular brushing and the combined use of toothpaste, floss and mouthwash.
Commercially made mouthwashes often contain alcohol, which is used to help kill the bacteria in the mouth. Whilst this might initially seem like a good idea, in fact it can be very harmful. Not only do these mouthwashes causes a certain degree of pain and discomfort, rendering them inappropriate for children, but they also dry out the mouth. When the mouth becomes dry, it stops producing saliva, which is designed to be a natural anti-bacterial substance that lubricates the mouth and begins the breakdown of food. Clearly this can cause issues when trying to swallow and can lead to other issues such as gum irritation.
Something you can do to replace your child's mouthwash, should you choose to not buy a commercially made one, is to use coconut oil. Coconut oil is renowned for its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. All your hcild need to do is swill the coconut oil around their mouth and draw it through their teeth in a process known as oil pulling. This has been used for hundreds of years in many eastern countries and is an effective way to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar. This works well with kids who are very receptive to strange textures and sweet tastes. The coconut oil is hard initially, making it easy to scoop up, but it will melt as soon as it enters the mouth. If you'd like to take it a step further and create your own toothpastes too, combine coconut oil, bicarbonate of soda and a flavored oil such as orange or peppermint. It will gently exfoliate the enamel and will continue to kill the bacteria.