As the kids head back to school, you may feel overwhelmed by all the activities they are involved in and how quickly your family’s calendar will fill up with football games and band practices, recitals and tutoring sessions. However, no matter how busy you are, it is important to still make time for key preventive dental care. That is because regular dental checkups and cleanings are a key way to help keep your kids’ smiles healthy as they grow up. If you’re wondering what else you can do, as a parent, to help ensure they get to enjoy oral health, consider these simple ways that you can help your kids protect their teeth and gums against cavities and other oral health threats.
Don’t Skip Out on Checkups and Cleanings
One absolutely key way to protect your kids’ smiles is by taking them for regular dental checkups and cleanings. These visits provide the family dentist with a chance to remove any plaque buildup that has developed, as well as to check for burgeoning issues, such as cavities in their earliest stages. The dentist can also recommend further preventive care, such as fluoride treatments, if your kids are in need of added protection against dental decay.
Ensure They Use Hygiene Daily
Another simple thing you can do to help prevent dental problems, is simply make sure your kids brush and floss their teeth each day, to prevent tartar buildup from forming in the first place. Young kids need to be supervised while brushing their teeth, to prevent them from swallowing toothpaste. However, around the time your kid learns to tie his or her own shoes, he or she should have the dexterity needed to begin brushing the teeth.