With school, after-school activities, family fun time, and everything else that goes into raising a family, parents certainly have their hands full. Yet most parents find the time to help their kids brush and floss regularly and teach them good habits that will help set them up for a lifetime of good dental health. Still, more prevention is always better, and there are a few little mistakes that many parents make that your Overland Park dentist can help you to avoid:
The First Mistake: Not Taking Them to the Dentist Early Enough
Take your child to see your Overland Park dentist before his or her first birthday! That may seem early, but it can start your child on a path to good dental health and also help to head off any problems before they become too serious. Children are at the greatest risk of getting cavities between the ages of 2 and 11, so make sure that you are getting your children in to see your family dentist at least twice a year during that time.
The Second Mistake: Not Supervising Their Brushing
Even after your child has mastered using a toothbrush, there’s still a great value in being in the room to be sure that he or she is brushing correctly and completely, every time. Making brushing and flossing a shared activity can help give you more time with your kids and also ensure that they’re using proper brushing and flossing techniques and brushing for as long as they should each time.
The Third Mistake: Indulging in Fruit Snacks and Sugary Drinks
We’ve talked before about the amount of sugar and citric acid that can be found in soda and sports drinks. The same goes for sticky, sugary foods, including gummy snacks made from fruit juice and even certain dried fruits. While fresh fruits can be great for your child’s overall nutrition and dental health, be wary when it comes to juice, sports drinks, fruit snacks, and anything else that may pack a lot of sugars and acids that can damage your child’s teeth.
The Fourth Mistake: Not Taking Baby Teeth Seriously
Baby teeth are more than just temporary teeth that fall out in your child’s early years and line the tooth fairy’s pockets. They play an important role in the spacing of permanent teeth and are essential for speech development. The health of your child’s baby teeth sets up the health of their permanent teeth and their dental health overall, so take them seriously, and bring your child in to see your Overland Park dentist if anything goes wrong.
We all want what’s best for our kids, and that means helping to ensure that they have healthy smiles and good dental hygiene habits that will keep them healthy for a lifetime. A big part of that is making regular visits to your Overland Park dentist! Call Watts Family Dental at (913) 338-3384 to schedule your child’s first (or next) appointment or chat with a member of our friendly staff!