Tips for children’s oral health

Here are a few tips to build a foundation of oral health with your children, beginning at an early age:
  • Minimize sugary drinks to reduce risk of tooth decay
  • Minimize snacking and sweets to lower their risk of cavities. Instead, seek to provide 3 balanced meals to properly fuel your child during the day
  • If your child plays sports, protect them with a mouthguard
    • Baseball is the most common sport to cause facial and oral injuries for 7-12 year olds
    • Basketball is the most common sport for facial and oral injuries during teen year
  • Brush your child’s teeth until they are 6 or 7 and can manage proper techniques on their own: 2 minutes a day, twice a day, focusing the toothbrush where the teeth and gums come together
  • Practice good flossing habits with your child: Floss between any baby or permanent teeth that touch together
  • The first dental visit should be by their first birthday; 25% of children develop at least 1 cavity by the age of 4
  • Since cavity causing bacteria can be spread through kisses, maintain your regular checkups and cleanings as well

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