Growing Up Cavity Free

In many countries, tooth decay (and gum disease) is the second most common disease, with only the cold more common. Studies have linked poor oral health in children to poor performance in school, poor social relationships and less success in later life. But whether you’re six or sixty, with today’s technology and advances in dental medicine, it’s easier than ever before to prevent cavities and gum disease. To help your kids grow up cavity free, here are a few tips… Don’t make the mistake of thinking baby teeth don’t need as much care as permanent ones. Even though they’re eventually lost, they do an important job of holding a place in your child’s mouth for the permanent teeth. Until they’re old enough for an infant-sized toothbrush, clean your baby’s teeth with a dampened piece of gauze or washcloth. Once your child is old enough, help her/him to use a child-sized toothbrush. (Use only a ‘pea’ sized dot of fluoride toothpaste and don’t allow your child to swallow it.) Around age six your child should be coordinated enough to brush her/his own teeth with an appropriate sized, soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush at least twice a day, supervising while your child is young. Replace toothbrushes every three months and never allow sharing. If your child has been ill, replace their toothbrush as soon as they’re feeling better. Check to make sure that your child is brushing properly. Don’t let them brush too fast or hard or miss areas. Your child’s teeth should be [...]