Children’s Dental Health Month
Were you aware that February is national children’s dental health awareness month? Being a parent means remembering all of the things that keep our little ones healthy. This includes dental health. Here are a few tips to help get your little ones into keeping those teeth clean and healthy.
Brushing and flossing.
Of course, right. Everyone knows children should be brushing, but how and how often? Brushing two times a day, once in the morning and once before bed is a good starting point. If you can have them do three times a day, well that’s even better. Brushing for about 1 minute, and making sure to get those teeth way in the back is important. My boys are 4 and 5 and I still help them with brushing.
We use an electronic toothbrush, Smile Brilliant. This isn’t necessary for great brushing, but my boys have fun with it, which makes them brush longer. So for us, that’s a win.
Flossing… We honestly don’t this this every day, which I know we should. They want to be independent and do everything themselves, which flossing can be tricky. I do recommend floss picks. It does make handling the floss a bit easier for little ones. You can pick these up on Amazon for about $3:
As you probably know, staying away from sugary snacks and drinks is important to dental health. Sugar prevents a natural enzyme in our saliva that keeps away germs from forming. This is why it is so important not to give babies sugary drinks in their bottles or sippy cups. If a baby goes to bed with a bottle, there is a higher chance they may develop “bottle rot” of their teeth. Gummy treats (gummy bears, fruit snacks and gummy vitamins) are especially tough on teeth.
Seeing a dentist
Children should be seen by a general or pediatric dentist by their first birthday. Seeing a dentist early can educate you on the fluoride your child may or may not need. Having your child see a dentist at this recommend age can help in relieve dental anxiety later in life as well. Your dentist will stay on top of any possible genetic dental issues, habit issues, and developmental issues of your child’s teeth, gums and jaw.
Please if you have little ones use these tips and help guide them to a healthier dental health.