February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Teaching children good dental habits at a young age helps protect their oral and general health. Setting a good example by taking care of your teeth helps show your kids the importance of good dental habits. There are many other ways you can help keep your children’s teeth and gums healthy. Below is a list of tips that will help:
Use Fluoride-Containing Toothpaste And Other Dental Products
Fluoride is one of the essential minerals that keeps teeth healthy. It helps strengthen the enamel. It also helps reduce the risk of tooth decay. That is why children who are over the age of three should brush their teeth with fluoride-containing toothpaste that is recommended by the American Dental Association. You may also want to ask your child’s dentist or pediatrician about fluoride supplements.
A healthy diet can also help reduce the risk of tooth decay. Your child’s diet should be filled with the essential vitamins and minerals. It is also a good idea to limit between-meal snacking. The sugar and starches found in snacks like pretzels and cookies can lead to tooth decay. Potato chips, soft drinks, dried fruit, and candy can also cause tooth decay.
Sugar combines with plaque to form an acid. The acid begins to attack the teeth and lead to decay. The acid can stay on the teeth for up to 20 minutes after the meal or snack is eaten. That is why it is best to limit between-meal snacking.
Flossing is something that many adults and children neglect. However, daily flossing is essential for oral health. It helps remove plaque and prevent tartar from building up. Tartar cannot be removed with brushing and flossing. Tartar has to be removed with a professional cleaning.
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