The life of a parent today is busy and there is always so much to think about. But, we are living longer than ever and it is imperative we give our children the best chance to maintain their teeth as possible, and create good habits to support their tooth health starting at a young age. The following 7 items may be things you are already doing with your child, but consider the timing as well and see if there are some habits you can adjust to better your child’s tooth care.
1) Brush after meals, not before.
Many parents have their kids brush when they wake up, and then give them breakfast (or breakfast on the go), leaving food in the child’s teeth for hours. Try to change your routine to send them off for their day with a clean mouth.
2) Brush well after giving that chewable, sugary vitamin.
3) Brush well after taking medication.
The acids contained in medicines may break down the tooth’s enamel.
4) Brush well right before you go to sleep at night.
This way there nothing left on or in between your teeth when you are sleeping. The reason is that when you are awake, your saliva helps to bathe and rinse your teeth but while you’re asleep, you do not salivate that much, and your teeth are more susceptible to developing cavities from the debris left on them.
5) Floss your child’s teeth.
Brushing can only reach so much. 25-30% of the tooth’s surface cannot be reached adequately by the bristles of the brush.
6) Even diet soda can weaken the tooth’s enamel.
7) Don’t snack over a long period of time.
This will only create a prolonged acid attack. Sipping soda or a sugary beverage over an hour or two is much worse for your teeth than chugging it down in a few minutes. Snacking on popcorn or candy during a 2 1/2 hour movie is much worse than just having a dessert you finish in 5-10 minutes.
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