- Brush Twice a Day
Having your kids brush their teeth twice a day is the easiest way to prevent plaque buildup and tooth decay. Having your child develop the habit of brushing twice a day at an early age will help your child to keep this habit throughout his/her life. Dentists recommend that children use a soft toothbrush and brush for two minutes each time they brush during the day. A pea sized amount of toothpaste is the recommended healthy amount for a child over the age of five years.
2. Floss Twice a Day
Even with brushing twice a day, there are areas of the tooth that are home to plaque buildup that a toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing is the easiest way to clean those hard to reach places such as in between the teeth or the back sides of your child’s molars. While developing these habits in your child it can be helpful to create brushing and flossing games for your child so that they become a fun daily activity rather than a chore.
3. Use a Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride is an essential mineral in the prevention of tooth decay and unfortunately it cannot be found in healthy foods. Using a fluoride toothpaste is an easy guarantee that your child is getting the necessary amount of fluoride they need each day. Make sure that you’re encouraging your child to spit out all of their toothpaste each time they brush.
4. Avoid Foods and Drinks That Are High In Sugar
Sugar is the number one cavity causer. By simply avoiding sugary foods and drinks, your child is much less likely to develop cavities at a young age. Not only with this improve your child’s oral health, but they will also receive other health benefits from avoiding high amounts of sugar.
5. Visit Your Dentist Twice a Year for a Routine Check-Up
Though these precautions will help to keep your child’s mouth in tip-top health, cavities can still happen and that is why we recommend that you have your child visit the dentist once every six months. The dentist will just check to make sure everything looks healthy and also further clean your child’s teeth and gums. In case of cavities or any other oral health concerns seeing a dentist twice a year will allow the problem to get treated at the spot.
At Burning Tree Family Dentistry of Franktown, Colorado, we are focused on healthy teeth, but more importantly healthy bodies! We’d love to talk to you about how you can improve the health of your teeth and body.