How You Can Protect Your Child's Teeth This Easter
Kids' cavities are up substantially since the 1980s and the 1990s. Cativities have increased almost 25% just since the 1990s.
In fact, nearly 50% of children will have a cavity or a tooth filled between the crucial ages of 5 and 9. These are the ages when the baby teeth are being lost and permanent teeth are coming in. Dentist have recommended fluoride rinses along with brushing and flossing to combat cavities and help your children construct healthy dental habits that will last their entire lives.
Now is the time as parents for making your child’s mouth as healthy as it can be so that in the future they can expect less cavities, less gingivitis and more of their natural teeth to remain healthy while they grow older.
Easter is a celebration that includes for many children candy, candy and more candy. While candy is not the culprit alone for cavities, unhealthy brushing and flossing habits that accompany candy can lead to cavities and fillings.
Allow your children to enjoy Easter but make sure they are brushing and flossing more than ever before for this holiday filled with treats for our children.
There are a couple of ways to make brushing as well as flossing more fun for children.
Clean to a beat
rinsing, brushing and flossing are all activities that can be done to a rhythm and mostly are. How about putting your child’s favorite beat on the mp3 or Ipod and encouraging them to perform these activities to music. A pair of headsets and their music taken into the bathroom is a more welcome site than an insolent stride and an argument between you and them on brushing.
Show me your teeth don’t tell me about them
many parents will simply ask if a child has taken care of his personal oral habits and take their word for it. You have to be a parent that engages in the activity. Have the child show you they have completed their oral hygiene responsibilities. Visually verify what they have done.
If the child didn’t do a good job (some skipped it entirely), make them repeat the activity and advise you will check again. Check again.
Typically after you have requested to be shown the mouth after leaving the bathroom and taking care of their rinsing, brushing and flossing, they will improve enough and have the expectation you will check to do a much better job of the chore.
Reward healthy oral hygiene behavior
most if not all children's dentist will reward healthy oral hygiene behavior. They will allow children to pick out toys, pencils or books on the way out of the office after a good check up. Mom and dad can do the same.
Make a chart that shows how many days the child took care of oral hygiene without being asked or prompted and provide a reward. How many times mom or dad checked and a wonderful job was done. Reward that behavior.
These are only several things you can do to keep your child’s teeth and smile bright this Easter holiday. Protect their teeth, they are the only ones that they have.
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