It starts on their birthday when they have their first medical checkup, then it will be followed by several check ups until they are adults.
One of the things that can often fall into the cracks is their oral health. Kids are not born with teeth so you don’t right away learn to care for their teeth.
The sooner you learn to care for your little one’s oral health the better it is to prevent tooth decay.
Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases in American children between the ages of six and nineteen.
At Stevenson’s Dental Ark and the Dental Ark we highly recommend that your little ones maintain proper dental hygiene habits alongside regular dental check ups at our office.
It is important to limit the intake of starters such as milk, cereal, and bread. And then there are the obvious culprits like sweets, including candy and fruit juices.
Carbohydrates are sugar and starches, and they’re in a lot of what we all eat and drink every day.
Our mouths are always teeming with bacteria.
Some of these bacteria can change these foods into acids and contribute to the formation of plaque. Plaque is that slimy stuff that sticks to teeth, and causes cavities.
If you think about it, we are constantly eating therefore there are always some kinds of food working with bacteria trying to cause cavities.
It is obvious that not eating is not really an option, so the best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice daily and flossing once daily.
By flossing and brushing your kids will be getting rid of the food stuck in the teeth.
Once establishing an oral care routine with your little ones, it is important that you watch them while brushing and flossing to ensure they are doing it correctly.
They will need your supervision up until age 8. Always choose toothpaste with fluoride, fluoride helps prevent cavities.