Let’s Share About Tooth Care
Posted on February 14, 2022
Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? Created by The American Dental Association (ADA), this event is a month-long national health campaign designed to help promote the benefits of good oral health in children, as well as in adults. This awareness program serves as as a reminder to teach your child about the importance of good oral health at home so that they develop healthy habits that will prevent future dental issues. Here are some great tips on how you can teach your family about proper tooth care:
- Brush at least twice a day. The ADA recommends brushing twice a day for two minutes apiece. Children are advised to use a soft brush and a gentle scrubbing motion on both the inner and outer teeth. Staying with a younger child as they brush their teeth will ensure that they learn how to brush properly and for the right amount of time.
- Make flossing part of the routine. After eating a meal, food particles tend to get lodged in between teeth and result in the development of tooth decay. Flossing helps to remove those food particles and potential plaque buildup between the teeth, and also helps to prevent gingivitis, an early form of gum disease.
- Avoid sugary foods. Although it almost seems impossible, it is best for your teeth to avoid consuming sugary foods and beverages. Try replacing those sugary beverages with water and sweeter snacks with vegetables and fruit. If your child does consume something sugary, then make sure they brush their teeth afterwards. Leaving sugar on your teeth can lead to the loss of enamel, which will make teeth weaker and increase chances of getting cavities.
- Take your child for dental checkups regularly. Make sure to bring your child to the dentist regularly. A check-up every six months is recommended in order to prevent cavities and other dental issues early on.