It’s a new year, which means one thing to many people: New Year’s Resolutions. Since you’re a parent, you get to make resolutions for your little ones as well. You want everything to be better for them in 2017, but their health is probably your top priority. One simple thing you can do is have them take better care of their teeth. Just a few little habits could make a big impact on their smile this year. Here are 5 easy every day tips from your children’s dentist in Orange Park at Kind Care Dental that can improve their oral health in 2017.
1. Better Brushing
For many parents, simply getting their children to brush consistently would be a victory. You can also make sure that they are brushing correctly when they do. It’s best for them to brush at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, for at least 2 minutes each time. An electric toothbrush will help keep the time for them, but if they use a manual toothbrush, be sure to set a timer. One fun idea, however, is to play a little song for the two minutes to make it more fun. Be sure they are brushing all of their teeth, as children (and many adults) often miss their back teeth.
2. Watch the Sugary Drinks
Cavities are caused by sugar. More specifically, the naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth consumes leftover sugar on the teeth and turns it into acidic plaque. Drinks high in sugar like sodas and juices can speed up this process. Your children don’t need to give them up entirely, just moderate their consumption to help protect their teeth.
3. Drink More Water
This is an extension of what we mentioned in #2. Whenever they’re thirsty, make sure they just drink water so they are not exposed to extra sugar. Not only will it keep them hydrated, but it will also give their teeth a nice rinse, removing excess sugar and food particles. It’s the next best thing to brushing their teeth, so have them rinse after meals if they don’t have time to brush during the day. This can be very helpful after snack time if you are not home.
4. Eat More Vegetables
Vegetables can help their teeth in a few ways. Firstly, it fills them up without exposing them to excess sugar or salt that can damage their teeth. Also, particularly fibrous vegetables like celery and carrots actually scrub their teeth while they chew. You can dip them both in a bit of cream cheese if your child has difficulty eating them.
5. Come See Us!
No dental care regimen would be complete without regular cleanings and check-ups. Two short visits each year allow your dentist in Orange Park, Dr. Natasha Patel, and her team to clean your child’s teeth in ways they simply can’t at home, and give her the chance to catch any dental issues they might have early. If they already have problems with their teeth, she can help take care of those as well. All in all, Kind Care Dentistry can give their smile exactly what it needs to be its best in 2017.
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The year is just starting, which means you and your children have plenty of time to see the benefits from these habits. They only take minutes a day, but can dramatically improve the health of their smile over time.
If you’d like to know more every day tips and tricks you can use, or want to schedule your child’s first appointment for 2017, just give us a call today.