Your smile is important to you. It’s one of the first things people notice when they meet you. So, you want it to look great. Healthy smiles are important to kids, too!
Tips for keeping those pearly whites sparkling:
Brush at least twice a day. Help younger children and remind older ones to brush every surface. Don’t forget to get any hard to reach spots.
Fluoride Is Good For You. There is a reason it is in the water. It is one of the best ways to prevent cavities and strengthen teeth. For children under three, use a rice size amount of toothpaste. You can increase that to a pea size for kids who are three to six years old.
Floss! As important as brushing is, it just doesn’t reach between teeth and other places where bacteria like to hide. Make a habit of doing this after brushing.
Limit snacks. Frequent snacking is a common cause of tooth decay. Replace some of the juice you give your kids with water or mild. Juice has a lot of sugar — even pure juice that has nothing added is full of it.
See the dentist regularly. Even kids with baby teeth should have regular check-ups. You can often prevent problems or catch them early by seeing a dental professional regularly. You can also reinforce the idea that visiting the dentist is a good — not scary — thing to do.