As a parent, you try to do everything you can to make sure that your kids stay as healthy as possible: you make sure they exercise, get enough sleep, and stay clean. When it comes to dental health it should be as easy for them as it is for you, right? While this isn’t a bad approach, there are a lot of subtleties to dental health that you have, over time, internalized. In this blog we will cover some of the ways that you can help set your children up for success by preventing cavities from becoming an issue for them. One of the most important ways to help prevent cavities is to make sure your child comes to see the dentist. At La Petite Dentistry in Hudson, our pediatric dentist has the extra education and experience needed to keep your kids smiling! Call us today to set up an appointment.
Educating Your Kids About Dental Health
Educating your kids about what causes cavities and how to mitigate the effects of certain cavity-causing foods is a good place to start. While it is an oversimplification, you can tell them that sugary foods like candy, soda, juice, and cake, along with acidic foods and beverages like orange juice, can cause cavities that will hurt their teeth. You don’t have to explain that sugary and acidic foods causes some of the bacteria in their mouth to excrete high levels of acid that then eat away at the enamel of a tooth before eventually causing the hard part of the tooth to collapse. Instead, you could say that they can be painful and that they don’t look good and that they can make you sick if left untreated for too long.
It’s also very important to teach them how brushing helps prevent cavities from forming by scrubbing off those acids and plaque, which contains a lot of acids. Getting them to start flossing young is a good idea too and can be explained in basically the same way — flossing gets at the plaque and foods stuck in between their teeth that could cause tooth decay.
Come back soon to find out some more ways to help teach your children some basic oral care measures that will help them prevent cavities not just as youngsters but throughout their lives. At La Petite Dentistry in Hudson we pride ourselves on the amount of helpful information that we can bestow upon you and your kids when it comes to taking care of teeth. Contact us for an appointment today.