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02/12/10

5 Sure-Fire Ways to Help Keep Your Young Kids’ Teeth Healthy

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There has been a lot in the news lately about childhood obesity, and with good reason! Children are simply not getting enough exercise nor are they eating healthy enough on a daily basis. But what about kids’ dental health? Maintaining high standards for good oral hygiene is just as important as keeping the rest of the body healthy, and parents helping their children establish good routines as early as possible is one of the keys to a bright smile that will last a lifetime. Here are 5 sure-fire ways to help keep your young kids’ teeth healthy.

1. Start when that very first tooth erupts! Sometimes parents think that baby teeth don’t really “matter” because they’re just going to fall out anyway. Nothing could be further from the truth! Kids need healthy baby teeth to set a proper foundation for their permanent ones, and besides: they will do a whole lot of chewing before that first tooth falls out.

2. Don’t let babies and toddlers “bathe” their teeth in sugars. All dentists agree that putting a baby down for a nap with a bottle of juice or formula is a bad idea and can easily lead to childhood tooth decay.

3. Establish healthy eating habits early: Even if your child will burn off all those calories, consuming too much sugary, sticky foods and sucrose-laden soft drinks may result in rotten teeth. Limit sweets in general, and give your kids crunchy healthy snacks such as carrot sticks and apples that will actually strengthen teeth.

4. Supervise children as they brush and floss: Kids will be kids, and if left to their own devices they will probably cut corners. Up until age 12, make it a habit to watch over your kids’ oral health routines: set a timer for how long they need to brush, and make sure they know how to floss properly and do it every day.

5. Make sure they visit a good children’s dentist every year, twice a year. Excellent dentists such as Utah pediatric dentist Jeff Burg, DDS and his team of children’s dental specialists¬†are essential partners with you in helping maintaining your children’s oral health. Regular checkups, cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, and other preventive measures will make all the difference.

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