Tips for Improving Your Kid’s Dental Health at Home

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Most of us know dental health doesn’t only happen at your bi-annual dentist appointments. Adults and kids need to think about dental health every day, a lot of times in ways we don’t consider. Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. It takes a little more than just brushing and flossing to ensure a healthy mouth. As moms, there are many things we can do to help keep our kids healthy, starting with their mouths. 

Diet

One way to improve your kid’s dental health is to have your child eat nutrient-dense foods that promote remineralization, a natural tooth repair process. This includes things high in calcium and Vitamin D. Avoid sugary and acidic foods and minimize the exposure time, meaning don’t sip on it or eat it throughout the day. One of the worst culprits for tooth decay is food that easily melts in your mouth and sticks to grooves. Some of the most cavity-causing foods are fruit snacks, sour candy, chewy candy, crackers such as Goldfish or Cheez-Its, cereal, refined carbohydrates, and dried fruits. And don’t forget about sugary juices and sodas. Eating healthy balanced foods will give your kids strong and healthy teeth and gums. 

Brushing

Another way to improve your kid’s dental health is to make your kid’s brushing routine fun! Try a brushing timer and make it a fun way for them to clean their teeth. Help them to avoid sawing back and forth as this can be damaging to the gums around the teeth and can cause more sensitivity. Also ensure to replace their toothbrush regularly–no more than every four to six months.  

Flossing

Make flossing a habit every day. Kids like using a floss stick; however, if done correctly, manual flossing is more beneficial. Flossing is essential to remove food particles from between the teeth.  

Tongue Scraping

Why clean your kid’s tongue? Debris, bacteria, and dead cells can build up on your tongue over time. This can lead to bad breath and a negative impact on their overall health. Be sure to choose a tongue scraper over a toothbrush. 

Salt Water Rinse

Avoid antibacterial mouthwash because it’s mouth drying and damaging to the good bacteria in the mouth. You can use a salt water rinse, especially after dental procedures. 

Drink Water

Our bodies are composed of 60 percent water. It is essential to help our bodies absorb vitamins and minerals, get rid of waste, digest food, and lubricate joints. Keeping your mouth moist is also important to maintain a healthy oral flora. 

For more information about how to help your kids have excellent dental health, give Contemporary Dentistry a call to set up a complimentary consultation. With four convenient locations in Dearborn, Canton, Berkley, and Lansing, they are excited to help start your child on the path to a healthy life beginning with their oral health!

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