Baby teeth may not be a permanent part of a child’s smile, but they still require regular care at the dentist’s office and at home. Parents play a large role in ensuring that children’s teeth get the cleaning and nutrition they need while establishing good oral care habits for a lifetime with a healthy smile. Here are just a few of the ways that parents can do their part in these tasks.
Avoid high-sugar foods
Sugar is a natural enemy to the teeth, as it sticks to the tooth enamel where it may feed damaging plaque and tartar. Therefore, it is best to keep sugary foods and beverages out of the home so they are considered special treats rather than regular snacks. Healthy alternative food choices that children tend to enjoy as snacks include sliced fruit, yogurt, and whole wheat crackers with peanut butter.
Set a positive example
Parents who practice good dental care habits at home tend to have more success encouraging these habits in their children. Brushing and flossing can be a family activity, and it may even be accompanied by a rhyme or song to get kids more excited about keeping their teeth sparkling clean.
Purchase kid-friendly oral hygiene products
Kids may not have a taste for standard mint toothpaste, but there are a number of toothpaste flavors that are more appealing to young children. This type of toothpaste paired with a toothbrush in a child’s favorite color can make the idea of daily brushing a bit more enticing. It is also a good idea to put a timer in the bathroom so that children get into the habit of brushing for two full minutes.
At Valley View Dental, you can find excellent dental care for every member of the family with specialized services to care for young smiles. Valley View serves the Romeoville, Naperville, Plainfield, Bolingbrook, Joliet, and Woodridge areas through two convenient locations. To schedule appointments at the location closest to your neighborhood, call 630-904-5600 today.