Oral Health Tips for Kids

Good oral health care for adults start when we’re still children. As a parent, you want the best oral health for you child during the course of their life. Below you will find the best dental care tips for you child to ensure a beautiful and healthy smile.

Oral Health Tips for Kids

  • Introduce your child to the concept of oral health by their first birthday or as soon as they get their first teeth in by taking them to a pediatric dentist.
  • By the time their last 2 molars come together you should begin helping your child to floss. This typically happens between the ages of 2 1/2 to 3 years of age. Cavities often begin in between teeth. It’s important that you begin a flossing routine once the teeth come together to prevent plaque buildup.
  • You should supervise your children’s brushing habits. Don’t let them brush their own teeth until they are 7 to 9 years old. You want to ensure proper dental care until they are old enough to completely handle it on their own.
  • Break any thumb sucking habits before the age of 5 in order to prevent any developmental abnormalities.
  • Toddlers should not be allowed to walk around with sippy cups filled with anything other than water.
  • Limit their amount of sugary snacks between meals. Eating sugary foods throughout the course of the day is one of the primary causes of cavities. Think about the amount of sugar in breakfast cereals with toast and jelly, mid-morning snacks, chocolate milk and PB&J for lunch and any other sugary snacks they get before super. That’s a lot of exposure to sugar day after day. Take this into consideration when making your grocery list.
  • Cut back on the sticky foods your children eat such as fruit roll-ups and raisins. Raisins might be healthy but they also cling to the teeth and get wedged in between them.
  • As your children get older, allow them to have sugar-free gum. This actually increases the flow of saliva which helps to neutralize acids on the teeth. Studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum containing xylitol for roughly 20 minutes after a meal can help to prevent tooth decay.

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