Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids
By Angela Bekiaris
When it comes to good dental hygeine, parents need to make sure their children don’t just brush their teeth every day, but understand the importance of it, too.
February marks National Children’s Dental Health Month, which is why we are sharing some must-know facts and some easy-to-use tips.
Did You Know?
1. Brushing your teeth twice a day helps to keep the cavities away.
2. Dental check-ups include oral cancer screenings.
3. Gum disease affects your overall health — it is one of the main causes of tooth loss in adults and has been linked to heart disease and strokes.
4. Proper nutrition is important for good dental health — sugars from soft drinks and non-nutritional foods combine with the bacteria in our mouths which produces acids that attack tooth enamel. This can lead to cavities and gum disease.
5. Bad breath could be a result of a dental problem — 85 percent of people with persistent bad breath have a dental condition that is to blame.
6. Dental problems don’t go away without treatment.
7. You must change your toothbrush regularly — dentists recommend every three months. If you have gum disease, you should change your toothbrush every four to ix weeks because bacteria can harbour in the bristles.
8. People who drink three or more glasses of soda daily have 62 percent more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss.
Maintaining Good Dental Health In 3 Steps
1. Visit your dentist for regular check-ups.
2. Brush your teeth twice a day.
3. Floss your teeth twice a day.
Call Out To All Parents
1. Start good oral habits early.
2. Limit or avoid certain foods.
3. Even before your baby starts teething, run a clean, damp washcloth over the gums to clear away harmful bacteria.
4. Once your baby gets teeth, brush them with an infant toothbrush. Use water and a tiny bit of fluoride toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice).
5. Once your baby’s teeth touch, you can begin flossing in between them.
6. Kids ages three and up should use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
7. Always supervise kids younger than eight while brushing, as they are more likely to swallow toothpaste.