Summer time means your kids will be home from school and freed from their school-related obligations. However, with this new free time comes the risk of neglecting their routines, routines that could include regular brushing and flossing. In today’s blog, we’re talking about what parents in Galveston, TX, can do to help their children maintain healthy summer smiles.
Brush and Floss Each Day
Whether they’re home or on vacation, there is no excuse not to brush and floss daily! Your older children may need reminding, and you should assist your toddler aged children and monitor your older kids to make sure they’re brushing and flossing properly. Teeth should be brushed twice a day for two minutes each time, using an age-appropriate toothbrush. Kids three and older should use toothpaste that contains fluoride, a mineral that helps strengthen outer layers of tooth enamel. Flossing before going to bed removes the bits of food brushing alone cannot, helping reduce the risk of tooth decay and periodontal problems. We can discuss proper brushing and flossing, and recommend products appropriate for your children.
Fewer Sugary Treats
When kids consume sugary foods and drinks, this leaves particles behind on and between the teeth. As bacteria break down these particles, they leave behind a layer of sticky plaque on the teeth. Over time, plaque actually weakens tooth enamel, causing erosion and enabling harmful bacteria to reach the inner layers of dentin, where cavities can form. Drinking water instead of sodas and fruit juice, and eating healthy snacks, such as nuts, cheese, low-fat yogurt, sugar-free gum, veggies, and fruits, will help your little ones stay cavity-free. Remember, this also applies to teens and grownups as well!
Make Time for Checkups and Cleanings
A checkup enables our team to carefully examine and monitor your little ones’ smiles as they grow. We can watch for the earliest indicators of decay and other issues, which allows us to offer treatment before your kids experience discomfort or infection. We also clean the teeth, which involves removing all plaque and tartar from the teeth. While brushing and flossing helps reduce the severity of plaque, only a professional cleaning completely removes the buildup from the smile. Afterward, kids not only enjoy a reduced risk of cavities and gingivitis, but they can also receive a brighter smile and fresher breath. If you have any questions about our checkups and cleanings, or if you would like to schedule a visit for your child, then please contact our team today.
Do Your Kids Need an Appointment?
Along with regular homecare, you also need to bring your little ones in for checkups and cleanings. For more information on our exams and cleanings for children, schedule an appointment by calling Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.