With tooth decay being the number one chronic, infectious disease affecting children in the United States today, kids’ dental care couldn’t be more important. For the sake of your children’s health and dental health, making sure they have their regular dental visits is crucial, as well as establishing a regular dental routine at home.
Here are a few things you can do to help your child get into the habit of having a regular dental routine at home:
- Make sure they brush their teeth twice a day. Encourage your kids to brush their teeth twice a day. If they seem reluctant, brush your teeth with them. You can have family tooth-brushing time. There are also some great dental apps you can use to help make brushing teeth fun for them, and for you.
- Encourage them to floss their teeth. Teach your kids about the importance of flossing their teeth. It should be a crucial part of their nightly routine. Some kids even enjoy using the floss sticks you can find at the store. It makes the experience easier for them.
- Restrict sugary beverages to meals only. While it’s best to go without sugary beverages altogether, if your kids can’t do without, limit these drinks to meals only. Meals increase saliva flow, which fights against tooth decay.
- Give them plenty of fruits and vegetables. Are your kids eating healthy foods that are good for their dental and overall health? If not, start introducing them to fruits and vegetables. There are a lot of different options out there. While some kids may say they don’t like vegetables, exposing them to enough variety may eventually help them find the vegetable or fruit that they actually enjoy.
To discover more helpful and interesting facts about pediatric oral health in the U.S., check out this great infographic on the right-hand side of this page that was created by America’s Pediatric Dentists.
And for a more in-depth look at how to care for children’s teeth as they age, see our Mom’s Guide to Caring for Little Teeth.