August 18, 2016
Once your permanent teeth arrive, you only have one shot to keep them healthy. It is important to encourage kids to keep these teeth healthy right away, and not wait until it is too late. Check out these tips to help keep your child’s teeth healthy for their whole lives.
The earlier you can start teaching your kids about dental health, the better off they will be. It is estimated that about half of school-aged children have some form of tooth decay. Having regular appointments and checkups will help to prevent unnecessary damage and can help your kids have an early foundation for healthy teeth.
Seal The Molars
Around age 6 or 7, most kids will have a set of their permanent molars. These teeth will be with them for the rest of their lives, so it is important to take care of them properly right from the beginning. Often these molars have deep grooves and pits in them, allowing food and bacteria to become trapped. Getting them sealed prevents this from happening. It is a simple in-office procedure that takes about 10 minutes. Talk to your dentist about getting your child’s molars sealed as soon as possible.
Make sure your kids are getting an adequate amount of fluoride. Have your water tested for natural fluoride levels if you have a well, or talk with your dentist or pediatrician about fluoride supplements. Fouride can be found in most toothpastes, mouthwashes, and other oral health products.It helps to strengthen the ennamel and keeps teeth from decaying. There is such a thing as too much fluoride, so be careful and be sure to consult your dentist for the right amounts.
Try to avoid sugary foods as much as possible. It’s easy to get in the habit of packing a juice box every day for your kids. They are the perfect size and convenient to throw away, but they do pack a lot of extra sugars. Try substituting a water bottle instead. It will cut down on your child’s sugar intake every day at lunch, setting them up to have a healthier mouth. Gummies and other sticky candies are another culprit of tooth decay. Try sending fruits and veggies instead of gummi snacks.
Make your twice yearly dental appointment now. It is easy to get swept under the rug when life become so busy, but making sure your kids are set up for good dental health is important. Teach them right now, and they’ll have healthy teeth forever. Give us a call today to set up your appointment.