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How do I ensure good oral hygiene for my chocolate-loving child?


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Published At April 16, 2024
Reviewed AtApril 16, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am worried for my 12-year-old daughter's oral health, particularly due to her interest in chocolates. She keeps consuming chocolates. I need guidance on the importance of oral hygiene and tooth brushing. What are the potential consequences of excessive candy consumption, and how can we guide healthy dental habits? Are there specific dental care practices or products you recommend for children with sweet tooth tendencies?


Thank you for trusting us with your healthcare.

I have reviewed your medical history and understand your concerns.

In children, it is a challenging task to maintain their oral hygiene properly because of their habits of indulging towards sweet things, be it chocolates, toffees or any other form of sweets and these habits can harm their teeth as it can lead to caries and decay of the teeth. But if you follow certain steps to maintain her oral hygiene and try to build certain habits in your child it will definitely help you to get her out of the sweet tooth tendencies. Some of the steps that you can opt for is:

  1. Brush her teeth twice daily to prevent bacterial accumulation.
  2. Regular dental checks because at her age I suppose all her permanent teeth should be there in her oral cavity and those teeth are in their initial phase which means they are more prone to caries as she is a sweet tooth child it is very important to have a regular dental checkup for her.
  3. Proper cleaning of the tooth followed by a fluoride therapy at intervals every six months will help to protect her teeth from caries as fluoride builds a protective layer on the tooth which fights against the bacteria and prevents caries formation.
  4. Giving her more options of food instead of chocolates like giving fruits, and some homemade sweets that are less in sugar content to avoid her indulgence towards outside sugar items.
  5. Try to explain to her the adverse effects of excessive indulging in chocolates or toffees on her teeth by showing her some videos or by visiting your dentist as they will explain to her by showing the models, pictures whichever way they will find suitable.

I hope these steps will help you to maintain your daughter's oral hygiene more properly. If you want guidance on how to brush her teeth in a more proper way you can follow up with me on call or on video call whichever suits you.

Thank you.

Investigations to be done

Investigations to be conducted include a dental checkup.

Regarding follow up

Follow up with a video or voice call.

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