Dental Hygiene Tips for Kids
Did you know? Kids have all their baby teeth by the age of 3. These are called primary teeth. Baby teeth start falling out around age 6; that’s when the permanent, or adult, teeth start coming in. Gaps between baby teeth are normal. They make room for the permanent teeth. Most permanent teeth come in by age 13.
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Children two and older should use fluoridated toothpaste to help prevent decay as their teeth continue to develop.
Once children reach two years of age, encourage them to brush their own teeth. Parents, however, should still follow up and brush them again to make sure they’re clean. If a child resists having his or her teeth brushed, parents need to get creative and make the process fun, like “looking for treasure behind the teeth.” And of course, using a themed brush with your child’s favorite cartoon characters can make brushing more enjoyable.
Remind Them to Brush
Ask your children if they brushed their teeth before they go school, and when they’re getting ready for bed.
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Every six months or as directed by your dentist – for routine cleanings and checkups. This is not only good for the mouth; it can also help your child build a comfort level with the dentist.
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If you have diabetes, work to maintain control of the disease. This will decrease risk for other complications, including gum disease.
Use a Straw
If they’re going to drink soda or juice, have them use a straw. Doing so reduces their teeth’s exposure to sugar.
Lead By Example
Show your kids that practicing good oral health is important and can be fun by practicing good oral health yourself.
Encourage Them to Brush at School
Pack a travel toothbrush, and let them know they can brush after snacks and lunch at school.
Teach the Importance of Flossing
Flossing is just as important as brushing to prevent gum disease, which may be associated with health complications later in life.
Eat Breakfast Everyday
There’s evidence that young people who eat a high protein breakfast have noticeable reductions in cravings for sweets later in the day.
Reward Healthy Habits
Leave little treats every now and then, to reward your child for practicing good oral health.
Reduce Sugar in Their Diets
Replace sugary snacks and drinks with healthy alternatives, such as fruit, cheese and crackers and water.
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