Getting children to brush their teeth can be a challenge, however, it’s one of the best ways to prevent cavities (tooth decay) from developing. The best time to start teaching your children the importance of tooth brushing is early – as soon as they begin to get their teeth. Question the importance of their baby teeth? Be sure to check out our article on the importance of baby teeth and why they matter.
The dentist can be perceived as a negative place for children, especially those who have had to receive dental care to treat cavities. Help make the dentist a fun place by keeping your children’s teeth healthy.
Tips for Cavity Prevention in Children
Make Brushing Part of Their Routine
Like we mentioned above, one of the best ways to get your children to brush their teeth is by starting them early. Make oral care part of their daily routine starting as soon as they begin to get their teeth as infants. For older children, create a routine where you brush together as a family at the same times every day so it’s simply part of their day that is non-negotiable.
Floss Every Day
Just like brushing make flossing part of their daily routine. After you finish brushing floss together. Wondering if your children are old enough to floss on their own? Check out our article on caring for baby teeth to learn more.
Avoid Sticky Sugary Treats
Bacteria love sugar and it helps them multiply in the mouth – coating the teeth and gums. Bacteria build-up turns to plaque on the teeth which is the cause of tooth decay (cavities). Meaning, the more sticky sugary foods your child eats the more likely they are to develop cavities.
Snack on Crunchy Treats
When you go to grab your kiddo a snack think of their teeth. Opt for crunchy healthy options that can actually help to clean the teeth as they chew. Options include nuts, carrots, and apples.
Water can help wash away bacteria that lead to decay. Be mindful of sugary drinks, like juice, that may appear to be a healthy option, but actually can be quite harmful to your child’s smile. If you do give your children drinks with a higher sugar content be sure they drink them in one sitting rather than sip on them all day. After drinking sugary beverages encourage them to drink water to help wash away some of the sugar remaining in their mouth.