Your child’s oral health is very important. It sets the stage for their smile for the rest of their lives. Introducing your kids to good oral health habits at a young age ensures they will carry those habits with them as they get older.
Consider these facts:
- A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report from 2007 shows the number of cavities in children ages 2 to 5 have increased from a decade ago.
- In a 2004 study, tooth decay was found to be the most common chronic childhood disease, 5 times as common as asthma.
- A 2000 report found that dental-related illnesses result in a loss of more than 51 million school hours each year.
Do not fret! You can make oral care fun and easy for your kiddos.
- Brush and floss your teeth together to set a good example. (Yes, parents, you need to floss, too)
- Sing a song or nursery rhyme for 2 minutes to help the process seem to go by faster for your kids.
- Pick a fun toothbrush with your kids’ favorite character on it.
- Pick a toothpaste that is flavorful to the child. Ask your dentist for samples.
Other tips for success:
1. Brush teeth twice a day and floss once a day
2. Change your child’s toothbrush every 3 months to ensure they always brush their best
3. Have your child’s teeth checked by a dentist twice a year, starting at age 1.
4. Limit sugary snacks and drinks like juice, sports drinks and soda to help prevent cavities.
Following these simple guidelines is a great place to start to ensure that your child will lead a life with less cavities and create the habits of a well-oiled brusher and flosser. Good luck, and happy flossing!