February is National Children’s Dental Health Month
In fact, Valentine’s Month is the perfect time to show your love by teaching your children about good oral health habits. There are 5 easy tips to help prevent cavities during this sugar-coated season:
Treats after mealtime – this is when the amount of saliva produced in the mouth is greater and will therefore better help protect your child’s teeth.
Drink dairy with treats -it acts as a buffer to the acids produced by oral bacteria, decreasing the possibilities of tooth decay; consider serving milk or cheese with candies and treats.
Floss -hard candy can get stuck between kids’ teeth, which can cause cavities. Flossing can help remove the candy particles. Try flossers adorned with your child’s favorite character to help make flossing fun.
Store extra treats -pace the amount of candy your child is consuming around Valentine’s Day, store excess candy in a sealed container and establish set times when your child can have a treat.
Drink water with fluoride. Encourage children to drink more water to help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, check the label for fluoride content. According to the American Dental Association, fluoridated water can reduce the number of cavities children get in their baby teeth.
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