As you pack school lunches and check homework, make sure your children get their teeth checked, too. Teeth in young mouths can get cavities just as easily as adults (sometimes easier), and they often go overlooked. Make sure you visit Bayside Dentistry in Virginia Beach, VA to set your kids up for a cavity-free school year.
How to Prevent Cavities in Children
Children usually begin losing baby teeth around the age of 6 or 7, but even before adult teeth erupt, those baby teeth can still get cavities. It’s important to remind kids that these teeth must last the rest of their lives so it’s important to take care of them. Additionally, oral health is linked to overall health, so a healthy mouth can be crucial to having a healthy body.
By the end of elementary school, more than half of American children have already had at least one cavity. You can help your child avoid cavities and the procedures necessary to treat them by teaching them the 2 X 2 rule. Put simply: brush twice a day for two minutes. Bayside Dentistry also recommends flossing once daily.
By making brushing and flossing part of their daily routine parents can help kids follow the 2 X 2 rule. Try setting a good example by brushing your teeth with them. Use a timer, a brightly colored toothbrush (some even have popular characters on them) and a toothpaste they like to make dental hygiene fun. There are a lot flavor options to choose from so that children will like the taste of their toothpaste. Most stores stock childrens’ toothpastes, toothbrushes and timers.
Two minutes can seem like an eternity to some kids, but the payoff is worth it in the long haul. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure, so keeping your tooth enamel healthy from a young age will help your child avoid cavities and other more complicated dental problems.
Another means of prevention in the fight against tooth decay is limiting sugar intake. While there are many health reasons to limit sugar, your Bayside Dentistry dentist recommends it because oral bacteria feed on the sugar in our mouths. Well-fed bacteria lead to a buildup of plaque in the hard-to-reach spots of your tooth enamel and begins breaking it down. Therefore, keeping the bacteria population under control before they can cause cavities is critical to your child’s oral health.
Both brushing and regular dental check-ups are an important part of making sure your child takes a healthy smile back to school with those delicious school lunches and assigned summer reading. To promote good oral health, make sure you schedule a dental check-up online this fall!