Now that school is back in session, it will be harder to make sure your child is doing everything they should for their oral hygiene. The CDC considers cavities to be the most common disease affecting today’s children, and nearly 20 percent of kids ages two to nine have them. Because you won’t be able to monitor your children while they’re at school, it’s important to do what you can now to ensure their dental health throughout the school year.
Instill Healthy Habits
Teaching your child to brush and floss properly will go a long way toward a healthy smile. If it helps, get them a kid-friendly flavored toothpaste and a fun toothbrush. The best way to get your child to develop good oral hygiene habits is to set an example. Children like to mimic the adults they look up to, and if they see you doing it, they’ll want to do it to be more like you.
Sugar is the number one cause of childhood tooth decay, and as such, should be limited to occasional treats. Unfortunately, the presence of vending machines in today’s schools don’t make this any easier, so you’ll have to take extra care when your child is at home and set rules limiting sugary snacks at school. Another way to make this easier is to pack your child’s lunch yourself. This way, you can include only foods that meet your approval for nutrition and sugar content.
Regular Dental Checkups
When dental problems are starting, they aren’t always apparent right away. Your child may be developing cavities but exhibit none of the pain, sensitivity or other associated symptoms. This is one example of why it’s important to take your child for regular dental visits. A dentist will be able to catch these problems early on and help you take steps to correct them. They can also be a valuable source of advice regarding any improvements that can be made.
Family Dentist in Bolivar, Missouri
Bolivar Family Dental has a friendly and professional team which makes a very comfortable atmosphere for patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment for your child or children, simply call us at (417) 777-8654. Feel free to call us with any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s dental health.
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