The struggle is real. We know how it can be to get your child to have good dental health. Starting them young can be a huge help for when they get to be older children. Being aware and doing the things to help prevent cavities in children will help them maintain good dental health. So, what are those things that you can do to help prevent cavities? Smile Reef is going to help you with just that. Let’s go over some things that you can have your child do to prevent cavities.
Brush Teeth Twice a Day
Just like you, kids need to brush their teeth at least twice a day. Now, if you have kids, you know most think a quick scrub and they are done is good enough. But to help prevent cavities they need to brush their teeth for at least 2 minutes, twice a day. There are apps you can use to help make it fun for the 2 minutes they are brushing. The toothpaste needs to contain fluoride. This will help remove plaque and harmful bacteria that can get on their teeth.
How Often Should Your Child Floss Their Teeth?
Now you think brushing their teeth can be a battle, we know flossing can be even harder to get kids to do. But flossing is very important when it comes to getting it cleaned in between the teeth. Sometimes flossing is the only way to reach food particles that get stuck in the teeth. It can help get the teeth cleaner than just brushing to help prevent cavities.
Eat Balanced Nutritious Meals
Eating nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods that are high in vitamins and minerals is not only important for your kids’ bodies, but it is important for good dental health as well. It can help your teeth and gums stay healthy and strong.
A dental sealant can be an added measure to help prevent cavities. While it is not a replacement for brushing and flossing, a dental sealant can help keep kids’ teeth from getting cavities. It is a hard plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (the molars). It creates a barrier to protect them from acid and plaque, reducing the risk of cavities.
Regular Dental Cleanings & Exams
Scheduling a regular cleaning and exam for your children can help the dentist find and address potential problems early on. Helping your kids get the best possible outcome with their teeth. Plus, it helps the kids get used to visiting the dentist and learn that it is not a scary place to be, but a helpful and important one.
Dental health is so important to learn at an early age. It will make your life easier as a parent when your kid enjoys brushing their teeth and going to the dentist. It will also make their smile brighter, healthier, and have fewer cavities. Give Smile Reef a call for questions and an appointment.