Three years ago, I thought my daughter was going for a routine dental checkup. It later turned into a drawn out process of finding another dentist (pediatric) who would do a filling on one of her teeth. I was shocked. How could my daughter have a cavity? She doesn’t eat candy. She doesn’t drink juice. She rarely has sweets. I thought we were doing all the right things to prevent cavities.
It turns out that the culprit was because of her tightly spaced teeth. Everything she ate, even the good for you foods, were getting stuck in the tiny spaces. And staying there despite brushing twice a day.
Since then, we’ve learned that we need to floss every single day. It’s helped a lot and she hasn’t had a cavity since.
With Halloween right around the corner, it’s a good time to put into practice ways in how to “scare” away cavities in your kids. We’ll have more candy than any human being needs from Trick-or-Treating. Thankfully, my kids are ok with picking out a few of pieces that they want to keep for themselves and then Ron and I bring the rest to our workplaces. It’s kind of funny that every other person at our jobs does the same thing. No one wants to keep the candy in their house. But somehow, all the candy disappears. Wonder where it goes?!?!
Here are 5 tips on keeping your children’s teeth healthy and cavity free all year round:
1 ) Visit the dentist starting at age one and then once every six months. Do this for the rest of your life!
2 ) Have your child brush for two minutes, two times per day. We found a cute toothbrush that flashes for 1 minute intervals – 1 minute for the top, 1 minute for the bottom. There’s also tons of apps or timers to make it fun too.
3 ) Floss everyday especially if the teeth are touching. We like the mini flossers that are easier for small hands and small spaces.
4 ) Provide healthy snacks . Limit sweets in quantity, portion size and frequency. Every time you eat or drink something that contains sugar or starches, bacteria in your mouth use the sugar and starch to produce acids. These acids begin to eat away at the tooth’s enamel. Drink water after every meal or snack to “rinse” teeth to help wash way the acid.
5 ) If your children are over the age of 6, use a children’s mouthwash, such as ACT Kids Anticavity Rinse every day. It was ranked as the #1 recommended children’s mouthwash by pharmacists in the 2016 OTC Guide from Pharmacy Times.
And here’s something that can help you scare away the cavities – Enter to win this Anticavity Goody Bag that contains a bottle of ACT Kids Anticavity Rinse, a mouthwash timer, dentist-approved treats, and more.
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