Thursday, August 26, 2010

5 simple things you can do to help keep your kids smiles healthy and bright

Five simple things you can do for your child to help keep their smiles healthy and bright

1. Off course the number one rule in healthy teeth is to teach your child to brush at least twice a day. Brushing is the number one  most effective method for removing the plaque from your teeth that can lead to decay and cavities. They should be brushing for at least 2 to 3 minutes.

2. Is something I honestly was not aware of until recently. If for some reason your child has to miss brushing at some point in the day make sure they at least remember to brush that night. Brushing before bed is the most important time to brush. Overnight is when all those germs, sugars and whatever else settle in and start doing the most damage.

3. Teach your children the benefits of flossing and how to floss properly. Flossing is essential for removing plaque and food from in between your teeth and along the gum line that brushing alone may miss. There are some neat kid friendly flossing products on the market that will help make floss appeal to your child

4. It's important for your child to regularly visit the dentist for cleanings and check-ups usually around twice a year.

5. Fluoride! Fluoride is a great added prevention for cavities. Besides mouth washes children can also get daily doses of fluoride through vitamins and water. Many kid marketed bottled water has added fluoride. You can also check to see if your tap water like mine already contains added fluoride.Some added facts I learned that are kid friendly:

Chewing Trident sugar free gum for 20 minutes after a meal can help fight cavities!

Xylitol, a sugar free sweetener in Trident, has been shown to loosen plaque.
I bet your kids will love those facts!

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Nickie said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I started my Little Man on flossing when he was around 2... he loved it and would beg me to 'do dat ting' Now we use those little dentastick things for flossing and he's getting pretty good at doing it himself. (he's 5 now) Great tips!

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Karen said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My boys don't mind brushing the teeth, except for the toothpaste part, LOL. Flossing is its own battle:(

Jill said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My daughter actually loved going to the dentist for the first time. I was dreading it and it turns out she begs to go back! Finding a kid friendly one is key. Great tips!

sueparks2003 said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I never won the battle to get them to floss but as teens they wanted too. I'm surprised by the Trident fact. I guess if they are going to chew gum it might as well be a kind that helps!
Gladys P

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