The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has estimated that up to 50% of children will suffer from tooth decay before the age of five. Considering this statistic we parents had better get an early start in motivating our kids towards achieving and maintaining good oral health. Home care, regular professional checkups and the right diet are all contributors to this cause.
Brushing is essential and getting your child into the habit may be easier than you think. With so many choices of toothpastes, toothbrushes and mouth rinses out there selecting just the right ones can be turned into a shopping adventure for the both of you. Of course you will need to make sure that the toothpaste or mouthwash that he picks out contains the suggested amount of fluoride, that the toothbrush fits his mouth and that the bristles are soft enough. Flavors, colors and designs are another matter. Letting your child make those choices on his own may give him a feeling of responsibility and let him look forward to brushing his teeth.
Flossing is another matter. It’s harder to do and there’s no bubble action like with brushing. Some pediatric dentists and hygienists suggest that getting children to understand that the brushing process is not complete without flossing might simplify the concept. Brushing and flossing right alongside your child could be a great way to “show and tell” until he gets the hang of it.
A balanced diet is another important factor for good oral health, and it starts at home. Serving plenty of fruits and vegetables along with good sources of calcium and vitamin D such as milk and cheese will get your child in the habit of choosing healthy foods. Offer sweets at the end of a meal, not as a snack food.
Schedule regular six month checkups with your pediatric dentist. A small surface cavity is easily treated but if it goes undetected for too long it will become a bigger issue. Professional fluoride treatments and dental sealants can help in the fight against tooth decay.
Make that appointment today. Call Dentist 4 Kidz in Aurora @ 303-367-1502.