5 Ways to Protect Children’s Teeth
Adult teeth are settled in your child’s mouth by about 12 or 13 years of age. But what about keeping their teeth healthy and intact until then? While teeth are even stronger than bones, you don’t want to push it the health of your child’s mouth any further than necessary! Tooth decay from candy and sweets is not uncommon, and when you have little ones, it’s important to teach them that too many sweets are not good for their oral health. Keeping your kid’s teeth healthy is important. Here are 5 Ways to Protect Children’s Teeth:
Limit candy and desserts.
This is the first and most simply issue to address. Even adults know that too many sweets can be really detrimental for oral health! Kids generally have a huge desire for sweets, so remember that while they can have an occasional dessert, they need to also be practicing healthy oral habits. Tell them they can only have a piece of candy if they brush their teeth directly afterwards to promote good habits.
Wear a mouthguard during physical activity.
Mouth guards will protect your athletic kids from any major physical injuries to their teeth. Damaged teeth will not grow back. Not only are mouth guards a good protective measure, but they will also maintain the shape and form of your child’s teeth. Mouth guards are also great if your child tends to grind his or her teeth during the night when they are sleeping.
Instill good oral hygiene habits early.
Children are more receptive in learning and maintaining new concepts than adults. The younger they are, the easier it is to instill a good habit. Teach your children how to use a toothbrush properly, and let them know that food can cause decay on teeth if it is not brushed away. Let them choose what kind of toothpaste they want to use, and get them to brush after every meal, or at least twice a day.
Cut back on juice.
Many parents give juice to their children, thinking it’s very healthy. However, juice has so much sugar in it, and not the good kind – the concentrated kind! Be sure to give your kids juice just as a treat. There’s no need for it to accompany every meal, or even be a daily treat. Remember to brush their teeth after consuming it as well, because the sugar can be damaging for growing teeth. There are better ways for your kids to get Vitamin C!
Accompany flossing with brushing.
Even adults have difficulty remembering to floss! Some adults don’t even really know how to floss correctly, and so they see no results – and because of this, they give up on flossing in general. Flossing is so important for the health of your gums and your teeth, and it is an effective preventative tactic to protect against expensive oral diseases. If you start young, you are more likely to keep it a part of your routine as you get older!