October is National Dental Hygiene Month
Kid's Dental Health
Dental hygiene is important to your child’s overall health now and in the future. To start them on a good path of daily, lifelong dental habits, here’s some information and tips for children’s dental health.
Brushing your teeth is a life skill every child needs to learn. The same rules for brushing teeth apply to kids and adults - 2 minutes, 2 times a day - but your child may need a little encouragement along the way.
Try some of these fun ideas to keep them motivated:
- Play your child’s favorite song and have a 2-minute dance party.
- Read a 2-minute brushing story.
- Watch silly brushing videos.
- Reward them with compliments, high-5s and small gifts like stickers once finished.
Regular dental exams are a must for a child’s dental health. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that toddlers and school-age children go every 6 months, but your dentist could recommend less or more frequent visits depending on your child’s needs.
Cavities are one of the most common dental problems in toddlers and children. To keep their teeth and body healthy, avoid sugary foods and drinks that are often disguised as healthy. Instead, offer these low sugar foods to prevent cavities at snacks and meals:
- Sweet potatoes;
- Red peppers; or
Flouride Can Improve Children's Dental Health
Known as “nature’s cavity fighter,” fluoride prevents cavities by making tooth enamel more resistant to tooth decay. Fluoride is also helpful for both baby and adult teeth, so it’s an important part of any kid’s dental care routine.
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