Four ways to encourage healthy dental habits

Tooth decay is one of the most common childhood diseases but fortunately, there are many easy ways to prevent decay from happening. Here are four ways to encourage healthy dental habits for your kids:

  1. Buy a new toothbrush! Kids have fun picking out toothbrushes in their favorite colors or cartoon and superhero characters. Toothbrushes should be replaced about every three months.
  1. Teach proper brushing and flossing techniques. Kids are going to need your help with brushing and flowing until they are about six years old. Remind your family to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time.
  1. Drink more water! Water is important for your entire body including your teeth. It helps wash away cavity-causing food residue, keeps your mouth moist, and is sugar-free. Most tap water also contains fluoride which helps prevent cavities.
  1. Make an appointment with the dentist (The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both recommend that children see a pediatric dentist by age one to monitor for dental problems and make sure all teeth are developing normally) The more your child sees the dentist, the more comfortable they will be will regular check-ups (these are recommended every six months). Bring their favorite toy or have your child dress up in their favorite costume to help them feel more comfortable.