A mouth full of cavities is way more scarier than ghosts and ghouls. As the festive season approaches, it becomes important to practice proper dental health care, especially in youngsters. As we all know the festival brings sweet treats along, preventing tooth decay becomes the priority. So, don’t let your teeth get tricked and follow a healthy oral care routine to keep them away from cavities.
One of the most common diseases of children aged between 6-11, Tooth decay has a severe effect, if not controlled on time.
It is important to brush twice a day to get beautiful teeth. Not only this, getting a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing once a day is also equally important. You can’t forget these basics like brushing twice a day and flossing while sleeping.
Candies are even worse for your teeth, especially the sticky ones because they get stuck between the teeth. Regardless of which candy or sweets you eat, it is recommended to brush afterwards.
You can’t tell your kids not to have candies, so the best way to approach is to have them eat a small amount in one sitting followed by brushing.
Halloween is a festival of snacks and constantly snacking throughout the day puts your child at a greater risk for cavities. Instead, you can try mouth-healthy foods to snack, like raw veggies and crisp fruits.
Beverage choice is another important thing to keep in mind. Choose water when thirsty instead of sugary drinks. Go for milk during the mealtime. Also, you can chew a piece of sugar-free gum that has Xylitol which slows down the growth of bacteria.
Chewing sugarless gum is another great replacement instead of brushing, it keeps the teeth clean in the long run.
Use fluoridated toothpaste and practice right brushing techniques to make sure you brush both the teeth and gums. However, fluoride rinse is not recommended for children younger than 6 years. It causes risk of taking higher than recommended fluoride.
Above all of that, practicing healthy dental care habits at home is important. Do not forget to take your kids for dental checkups. Early checkup will reassure that you are helping your child with proper oral care.