American dental health is in rapid decline. Thanks in large part to our ever increasing consumption of sugary foods and drinks — everything from our favorite sodas to our favorite brand of chips — more Americans than ever are experiencing dental health problems, like staining, cavities, and serious abscesses. Even our children are being affected.
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, more than a quarter of American children aged two to five are struggling with tooth decay. When you look at children from 12 to 15, that statistic jumps to more than 50%. Not only is this a problem for their health, it’s also a problem for your wallet. As CostHelper points out, the cheapest cavity filling you can find will cost you $50 to $150 each! If you’re tired of paying exorbitant cleaning and filling costs, take the necessary steps to improve your children’s dental care in between trips to the family dentist.
Three Tips for Improving Your Children’s Dental Care at Home
- Make It a Game
- Don’t Ignore the Role of Nutrition
- Two Minutes is the Perfect Amount of Time
As all family dentists can tell you, the key to improving your children’s dental health is by making brushing and flossing a game. Quite simply, children don’t like to do things they find boring — family dental care, whether at home or in a dentist’s office, is boring.
Thanks to modern technology, it’s easier than ever to turn healthy family dental care habits into a game. Aquafresh, for example, offers mobile apps and online games, like Time 2 Brush, that feature happy children’s characters. By getting your children to step into a world where brushing is fun, you can take away their resistance to doing it everyday.
HealthyLivingExtra.com rightly suggests parents place an emphasis on nutrition to help their children keep cleaner, healthier teeth. Healthful foods, like vegetables, fruit, and milk, help children to build strong teeth. On the other hand, candy, soda, and other acidic food and drinks will strip the enamel from their teeth, leading to dental problems for life.
Even as adults, we struggle with brushing our teeth for as long as we need to each day. Yes, you should be brushing your teeth twice a day, but as Oral-B suggests, we also need to consider the duration. Family dental care experts recommend brushing your teeth for two-minutes at a time, twice a day. For adults and children, this can easily be accomplished by humming a favorite tune while they brush. “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” for example, will get you to two-minutes if you hum it twice through.
Coupled with regular family dental care, these tips can help you avoid exorbitant dental cosmetics costs. As with anything, the key to your children finding success in dental hygiene is daily practice. Only you can motivate your children in a way that can keep them healthy. Good references here.
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