Getting kids to brush their teeth can be a lot like, well, pulling teeth. And the statistics bear this out. Half of children between 12-15 years old have cavities. But if you can reinforce good dental health habits now, your kids are more likely to carry these habits with them into adulthood and through the rest of their lives. In this week’s blog, we’ll cover some tips that will help you ensure your children’s mouths are healthy!
Tips for Children’s Dental Health
Get them Started Early
Start dental care for your child as soon as his or her first tooth comes in. All you’ll have to do at this point is wipe the tooth clean with a soft cloth. Once more teeth start coming in, then you can transition to a brush. Kids can begin supervised brushing themselves at around age 2.
If you’re on a municipal water system, then your water most likely already contains fluoride. If you’re on a well, consider adding fluoride pills or a rinse to your children’s dental hygiene routine. Always use fluoride in accordance with instructions on the packaging.
Teach a Proper Dental Hygiene Routine
Teach kids to brush twice a day and floss once a day. The earlier you can reinforce this routine, the better. Supervise kids to make sure they’re brushing correctly. Some kids can brush too hard, while others might not brush for a full 2 minutes.
Once your child’s permanent molars come in (around age 6), take them to the dentist to get sealed. Children’s molars have deep grooves where food can get trapped and cause tooth decay. Sealants fill in these grooves and reduce the likelihood of cavities.
Use Mouth Guards During Sports
Teach your kids to wear a mouth guard when playing sports to reduce the chances of a tooth being knocked out.
Limit Sugary Foods and Drinks
Kids love sugary foods and drinks, but these are no good for their teeth, or their health in general. Limit their intake of sugary foods and drinks to reduce the chances of cavities and tooth decay.
Make Regular Dentist Appointments
Make sure you take your children to the dentist on a regular basis. This is good not just for catching cavities, but also to help kids get used to and comfortable with the dentist.
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