8 Tips For Good Dental Health For The Whole Family
- Lead By Example
Make sure you’re setting a good example by brushing and flossing regularly. Make brushing a family activity, where everyone can participate, and your kids are sure to follow your lead.
- Visit The Dentist Every 6 Months (For Healthy Gums)
Regular oral exams and teeth cleanings are key for the oral health of your kids, and for your own oral health. Always make sure you see the dentist regularly, to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other such issues.
- Switch Your Kids To Fluoridated Toothpaste As Soon As You Can
Fluoride should not be used until your kids can spit out toothpaste on their own, usually between the ages of 3-6. However, fluoride is very beneficial for the teeth, so make the switch as soon as you can!
- Let Your Kids Pick Out Their Own Toothbrushes
Kids love being able to pick out their own toothbrush, and if they like their toothbrush and think it’s fun, they’re more likely to brush regularly, and keep their teeth in great shape.
- Replace Toothbrushes Regularly
Toothbrushes wear out, pick up bacteria, and become less effective over time. You should replace your child’s toothbrush around every 3 months.
- Floss For Your Kids Until They Can Do It Themselves
Brushing alone removes only about 60% of oral bacteria, so you should floss for your kids until they can do it themselves. They’ll usually be able to start flossing on their own around the ages of 8-10, depending on their dexterity.
- Brush Or Rinse With Water After Eating Sweets
After eating sugary or starchy foods, like candy or potato chips, you and your kid should brush your teeth. If this is not possible, rinsing with water is a good alternative, as it helps remove sugar and starch buildup from the teeth.
- Avoid Soda And Fruit Juices
Soda and fruit juice are sugary and acidic, and contribute to tooth decay. Consider drinking water and milk instead of soda, or eating whole fruit rather than drinking fruit juice.
Follow These Tips For A Healthier Mouth!
With these tips from Kantor Dental, you can ensure that your entire family has healthy mouths, free of gum disease, tooth decay and other such issues. Start following these tips today!
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