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Dental Care For Children

You are, of course, very invested in the day-to-day upkeep of your children's health. But many parents are unaware of the true importance of their dental health, which affects not only their smiles but their overall body health as well. That is why developing positive dental habits is crucial at a young age. This serves as great preventive care to avoid serious lifelong dental problems for your child, so take heed of the following advice:

1. Impress upon your children the importance of oral health.

Your children learn by example, so practicing great oral self-care can go a long way in ensuring they will develop the same approach. Show your children that you brush daily to remove the plaque from teeth, floss daily to clear bacterial food particles from your teeth and gums, and keep up their regular visits to a pediatric dentist.

2. Establish a regular schedule of dental visits.

Every six months (at least), take your child to his or her pediatric dentist for a cleaning and checkup. The dentist will aid them in their efforts to keep the teeth healthy with a strong, professional fluoride-based cleaning. They will also, of course, perform regular exams to identify hidden or future problems and develop a plan of prevention and treatment.

3. Braces and Wisdom Teeth.

Orthodontic braces are common in children and teenagers. Many of us see our teeth grown in misaligned or too crowded, which can lead to serious oral problems down the road, in both the teeth and the jaw. Wisdom teeth, the four teeth that grow into the far back spots in our jaw lines, are also typically troublesome for children and young adults. Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed, but many dentists recommend removing them anyway to avoid any potential issues (overcrowding, wisdom tooth cavities, etc.) down the road. Wisdom teeth are not needed for chewing.

4. A Healthy Diet.
Kids love sugary foods, but their intake needs to be limited for the sake of their health, and this is especially true of the teeth. Excess sugar helps to breed bacteria on the teeth and gums, generally leading to more plaque and serious dental problems at an early age. Base your child's eating habits around healthy, low-sugar or sugar-free foods and drinks.

For young children, daily dental care can be aided greatly by creating a game of it. Encouraging them to brush and floss with fun techniques.

5. Keep a Brushing Calendar.

Post a calendar on the wall with checkboxes for each dental health activity - brushing, flossing, rinsing. Each time your child correctly meets the requirement, give a check or star to track their progress, and it certainly helps to offer a weekly reward for perfect performance.

6. Cavity-free Rewards.

Remind your child frequently that good, cavity-free dental reports also earn a reward. This can keep him or her interested in oral care on a daily basis.

Make Brushing Fun Remember that kids are kids and enjoy fun, colorful things far more than bland, "grown-up" things. Look for toothbrushes, toothpastes, floss sticks, etc. that catch your child's eye and make him or her excited to use them.

Establishing good oral care habits in your home is no easy task, but it is a crucial one. Use this guideline to keep tabs on your children's progress in caring for their dental health.

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