It's never too early to start caring for your children's oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Benefits of good oral health in include:
- protection from cavities
- prevention of tooth loss
- prevention of gum disease
- a brighter smile
- overall health
Sugar and tooth decay is one of our biggest dental health concerns today. The American Dental Association recommends reducing your children’s risk of tooth decay with the following tips:
- Sugary foods and drinks should be consumed with meals. Saliva production increases during meals and helps neutralize acid production and rinse food particles from the mouth.
- Limit between-meal snacks. If kids crave a snack, offer them nutritious foods.
- If your kids chew gum, make it sugarless. Chewing sugarless gum after eating can increase saliva flow and help wash out food and decay-producing acid.
- Monitor beverage consumption. Instead of soft drinks all day, children should also choose water and low-fat milk.
- Help your children develop good brushing and flossing habits.
- Schedule regular dental visits.