If a young child gets a cavity, what’s the big deal? After all, that tooth is just going to fall out and be replaced by an adult tooth soon enough, right? Well, that’s true, but there are two reasons why you’d want to work to prevent cavities in your kids.
First is that a cavity in a baby tooth can spread to the adult tooth beneath it, potentially ruining that tooth before it’s ever used. In addition, you’re not teaching good oral health habits if you take the approach of it being alright to get cavities. To learn how to help your kid avoid cavities, keep reading.
Make brushing fun
If you can find a way to make brushing teeth fun, your kids can get more excited to brush their teeth in the morning and night. The trick, of course, is figuring out how to make brushing teeth more fun. You could try giving out awards for the child who has the cleanest teeth, or the one who has the longest streak of brushing without being reminded by mom or dad.
Teach them to floss
Once your kids are old enough, you’ll also want to teach them how to floss. Flossing is key to help avoid the development of cavities, and there are several ways to make this fun as well. For one thing, there are different kinds of floss that are emblazoned with cartoon characters to help you make flossing more fun for your kids.
While helping your kids develop oral hygiene habits, it is also important that you brush and floss your teeth as well. Kids learn by example, so if you set a good one of brushing and flossing daily, they are more likely to follow suit.
If you have any questions, or want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Casey W. Johnson, Matthew J. Burt, & Paul H. Allen, our dentists in Glenwood Springs, Rifle, and Eagle, Colorado, we invite you to call us today at 970-928-9500. Our team at All Kids Dental Pediatrics & Orthodontics is here to help you and your family keep healthy, happy smiles!