4 Ways to Have Your Kids Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month
October is National Dental Hygiene Month so be sure to take this opportunity to discuss some dental hygiene reminders with your kids. Here are four things you can talk about to ensure that your kids are doing everything they can to reduce the risk of cavities and tooth decay.
#1 Brush Twice Per Day
Your child may not be able to brush following every meal, but try to set the goal to brush at least twice each day. Brushing once in the morning and once at night ensures that plaque won’t stay on the teeth long enough to harden into tartar.
#2 Floss Daily
Floss clears away bacteria between the teeth that normal brushing cannot get to. If your kids struggle with flossing, floss picks can be a great way to simplify the process and make flossing less of a chore.
#3 When You Can’t Brush, Rinse
Brushing is always the best way to remove plaque, but your kids probably won’t get to brush after lunch at school. What is the next best thing? Rinsing with clean water can remove much debris from the teeth. So be sure to have your kids drink plenty of water and have them finish up a meal by rinsing with clean water. This will help protect the teeth until the next brushing session.
#4 Chew Sugarless Gum
Chewing gum that is sweetened with xylitol can help clear bacteria away from the teeth. Be careful with artificial sweeteners since some research has shown they can be just as bad for teeth if not worse than sugar.
Scheduling a Semi-Annual Cleaning for Your Kids
Let National Dental Hygiene Month also be a reminder to you as a parent. If your kids have not already had two professional cleanings this year, now is the time to schedule their next checkup. To book an appointment with one of the board-certified pediatric dentists at BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, call 619-741-1500 today.