Build Healthy Smiles – Teach Your Child Good Oral Health Habits
It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month. Join us in celebrating by teaching your child these good oral health habits:
Make Brushing Fun
Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss once daily. Make brushing entertaining for your child with these fun songs: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/kids-brushing-playlist
A healthy diet is essential for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Serve healthy snacks – such as vegetables, peanut butter and yogurt – no more than three times a day. Encourage water as the go-to beverage. Avoid soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks. Ensure your child gets protein, vitamins and minerals – such as calcium and phosphorous – to build strong teeth and help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Establish a Routine
One of the best ways to instill good brushing habits is to establish a routine for your child. Have them brush when they wake up in the morning and before bedtime at night. Lead by example by having your child brush their teeth when yu brush your teeth.
Keep Decay and Germs Away
Talk to your dentist about sealants to prevent teeth decay. Dental sealants can protect your child’s teeth by forming a protective barrier that helps prevent bacteria from causing tooth decay. Don’t share utensils with your child to avoid passing along any cavity-causing germs.
A healthy diet along with proper brushing and flossing, fluoride treatments, and regular dental visits will build a healthy smile to last a lifetime.