It’s estimated that over 40% of children ages 2-11 will develop a cavity before they have their adult teeth. While it’s true that these “baby” teeth will fall out, it’s still important to try and avoid cavities to keep the gums and mouth as healthy as possible. To help, we’ve shared some of our top tips to keep little mouths healthy below.
1. Start a Routine When They’re Little
Starting a routine when your little one first starts to grow teeth will help them normalize teeth brushing.
2. Make it Fun
We recommend letting your child choose their favorite toothbrush and toothpaste to help make this task more fun. This may even help them look forward to taking care of their teeth so they’re more likely to keep up with it daily.
3. Introduce Flossing Early
Flossing doesn’t have to be scary for kids. By introducing it early and using child-friendly flossers, you can make it something your kids understand and look forward to.
4. Reduce Sugar
Sugar can deteriorate the health of your child’s teeth, which is why it’s important to minimize exposure to sugary foods and drinks. Fortunately, there are many alternatives for juice and candy, including fruit-flavored water and freshly cut fruit.
5. Take Time for the Dentist
We welcome families to visit us regularly so children can get used to the experience of a dental checkup. This can help ease their fear and even give them confidence with their own dental care.
6. Make Brushing a Family Event
If your little one doesn’t like to brush on their own, then try to brush with them so you can lead by example. Most kids love to do this activity with their parents or even siblings so it becomes a fun group event.
7. Use Straws for Sugary Drinks
Although it’s important to limit your child’s sugar intake, we understand sugary drinks will happen. To help reduce the amount of sugar that touches their teeth, try to have them use a straw when drinking juices or sodas.
Call our dentists at Studio B Smiles for an appointment for your kids today!