Back to school is typically a time of year when parents re-assess their kids’ habits. One of them should be kids’ bedtime oral health patterns.
Set Aside 10 Minutes Each Night
Bear in mind, good habits that start at a young age carry into adulthood. Take ten minutes every evening to be certain that your child is brushing their teeth, and rinsing both their mouths and toothbrush after. It’s essential that the toothbrush reaches every corner of your child’s mouth even the tongue – and that brushing lasts at least two minutes.
With hectic schedules and early bedtimes during the”back to school” period, it could be simple to skip tooth brushing. But doing so can have harmful consequences. Unless bacteria and food particles are brushed and flossed away, your child’s teeth will become a breeding ground for cavities and gingivitis.
Young Children Prone to Tooth Decay
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 19 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated cavities. But, childhood tooth decay can be avoided when parents help their children avoid bad dental habits – particularly at night and in the daytime.
Another way parents can instill good oral health habits: Avoid carbonated beverages and sodas. These drinks are bad for everybody’s teeth, but they’re especially difficult on newly erupted kids’ teeth. Unfortunately, statistics show that roughly 20 percent of 1- and 2-year-olds are vulnerable to these drinks daily. My recommendation: Do not allow your child develop a soft drink habit!
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