February is the month for Children’s Dental Health and spreading awareness on how to start positive dental health habits at a young age. With more than More than 40% of children with dental cavities by the time they reach kindergarten, teaching proper dental hygiene techniques is important and starts with the parent. Fortunately, most dental problems are easily preventable by following these healthy teeth tips for children.
Start your child out by encouraging them to brush twice daily. Removing the layer of plaque left on the teeth after eating is the best way to prevent cavities. Using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste is also important.
Flossing is another important dental hygiene habit to encourage in children at a young age. Almost 23% of Americans have gone more than a few days without flossing, so start this healthy habit young and encourage them by joining in during “floss time”. Flossing should be done daily to remove plaque from in between the teeth.
Ensuring your child is drinking fluorinated water is a simple way to encourage strong, healthy teeth. If there is not already fluoride in your community’s water supply, check your grocery store for bottled water with fluoride added.
Eating A Balanced Diet
Eating a balanced diet is important to keeping your teeth healthy and with children this is no exception. A diet high is sugary foods often reflects on your child’s overall dental health. A diet high in calcium can help promote strong teeth for the future.
Here are a few tips to help you commemorate Children’s Dental Health Month. We hope these healthy habits will help keep your child’s teeth healthy for years to come!