From the beginning you teach your kids a lot of things; how to talk, how to eat, how to clean, how to say please and thank you and the list goes on and on.
But have you ever thought about how you are going to be the one to help your kids learn how to take care of their teeth for the rest of their lives?
So in order to teach them right, there are some pretty important things to understand about kids teeth.
Here are five of those important things, and the more you know the more you can help them keep those pearly whites healthy, clean, and strong.
Baby teeth are very important
Although it may seem like whatever happens to your kids’ baby teeth shouldn’t matter, because they are just going to fall out anyway, that’s actually not true.
It’s very important to understand that taking care of your children’s baby teeth are also taking care of their adult or permanent teeth.
They are the guides for the permanent teeth, and things like cavities and infections can have long-lasting and painful effects.
Cavities don’t need to happen
It may seem like a rite of passage for a child to get a cavity, but cavities are actually preventable.
If you make sure to teach and help your child to brush their teeth and floss twice a day, as well as eat healthy foods and drink adequate amounts of water, the chances of a cavity showing up in your kid’s mouth goes way down.
Also seeing the dentist about twice a year, which most family dental health care covers, can help to make sure everything is looking good and that your kid’s teeth are on the right track for staying cavity free.
The more water the better
Drinks like juice and milk are a one-way stop to cavity central for most kids, especially if they are drinking them before and after most meals.
Making sure to have your kids drink mostly water instead of sugary drinks like juice and milk is not only good for their overall health but helps to wash away food particles and bacteria that can linger in your child’s teeth after they eat.
Take the tooth-brushing wheel
Until your kids are around the age of 6 or 7, it is recommended that you brush your teeth for them.
Although this can seem excessive, this is to make sure that all the teeth in your child’s mouth are properly brushed and also flossed.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you physically have to brush their teeth every time, but as they get older and more independent you can be more of a supervisor, stepping in when you feel necessary.
Learn the good foods from the bad
There are actually certain types of foods that won’t cause cavities, such as good fats, fiber, and protein.
It’s the complex carbohydrates that you have to watch out for, like those found in crackers, cookies, and candy.
Knowing this, you can plan your kids’ meals accordingly and make sure they eat more of the foods that don’t cause as much harm and less of the kind that does.