It’s Children’s Dental Health Month – Here’s What Parents Need To Know
Kids don’t like to brush their teeth. This isn’t breaking news. They avoid it because it’s boring and it takes too long!
This doesn’t negate the importance for kids to maintain good oral health. This month is Children’s Dental Health Month, so now is a better time than ever to review the three important elements for kids.
1. Brushing – The American Dental Association says 2 minutes, twice a day, and I’m often encouraging my child patients to brush longer. There’s a good chance your kids aren’t brushing long enough, so it might be a good idea to time them or get them into a proper routine.
2. Flossing – Kids aren’t going to floss with a string. They won’t – let’s get real! That’s why I always suggest using a Waterpik. It’s something they’ll use because it’s fun. I hear parents say all the time “Brush your teeth, brush your teeth!” But neglect to reinforce flossing. That’s where water flossing becomes important. Water flossing doesn’t require the manual dexterity that regular flossing does, so kids will find it easier to use.
With the latest technology available now, and when used correctly, water flossing is just as effective as regular flossing.
3. Toothpaste – A national, familiar brand is not always the right choice. Once I found a children’s toothpaste that contained anti-freeze. What’s worse – on the front of it it said “natural”! Look for toothpastes that are fluoride-free, and read the ingredients so you can avoid artificial alergenic and toxic ingredients. Products by JĀSÖN are great because they’re actually all-natural, gluten free and Kosher certified and they taste good!
Oral hygiene habits are developed early, so take responsibility for reinforcing the right habits now. The best skills are learned young!