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5 Ways to Protect Your Kids’ Dental Health During Quarantine

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of our lives, and even our dental appointments have been placed on hold. The dental community is very concerned about limiting patient and staff exposure to the virus. At the moment, dentists have suspended all non-emergency care until further notice, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). Patients will only be seen for urgent and emergency dental needs. In the meantime, as we all hunker down during quarantine, there are several ways you can ensure that your children are keeping good habits for good dental health. Check out our tips below.

1. Maintain A Daily Routine

Even though your children aren’t going to school during quarantine but are remaining home for remote learning, they may feel like brushing their teeth is unnecessary because they’re “not going anywhere.” However, try to keep their daily routine by having your kids brush their teeth as soon as they arise and get out of their pajamas.

That way you continue the pattern they are used to during the normal school year.

There are good reasons why we brush our teeth every morning. Dental experts explain that overnight bacteria build up in the mouth by morning. This invisible bacteria can result in bad breath and begin to produce an acid that wears away at your teeth’s enamel. Besides, brushing your teeth with a minty toothpaste allows your mouth to feel fresh and you to get ready for the day.

2. Ask Your Kids About Their Teeth

Stay in touch with how your kids are feeling, and ask them about their teeth. A young kid may have tooth pain or swelling but doesn’t say anything until it gets worse. The ADA has set up COVID-19 dental guidelines to help parents determine when to consult with their dentist about an issue their child is having.

For example, if your child is experiencing any pain in their tooth, teeth or along the jawbone, this is the time to call a dentist. If you see swelling along the gums or around the mouth of your little one, you search on Googlefind a dentist near me.”

Bleeding that doesn’t stop or a tooth that breaks or is knocked out, are all serious situations for seeing a dentist during the COVID-19 quarantine. Your dentist is always around to handle emergency care.

3. Don’t Forget Flossing

We know, even most adults dislike flossing and would rather do something else, but the dental habit is an essential one for people of all ages, especially children.

According to pediatricians, you should begin flossing your children’s teeth daily between the ages of two and six. By this time, a child’s teeth are starting to fit closely together.

As they develop fine motor skills, you can help them learn to floss. Kids usually develop the ability to floss on their own by about age 10.

Flossing is important because bacterial plaque and food can settle between the teeth. When that happens, gum disease, tooth decay or bad breath can develop.

4. Limit Sugary Snacks

Let’s face it. When you’re spending more time at home, even when school is being done via remote learning, things are less formal than a classroom. Your child may want more snacks, sodas and sugary treats and probably has more access to these food items in the home.

Try and offer healthy snacks like apples, nuts, yogurt, cheese and good old water, naturally-flavored water, and kid-friendly smoothies.

5. Make Brushing Fun

It’s wise to establish good dental health at a young age. The ADA recommends that children brush their teeth at least twice a day, morning and night. A soft-bristled toothbrush is advised. You can make a game and hum along to a song as they brush.

When your kids get old enough, buy them battery-powered toothbrushes. Children love gadgets of all kinds, and these brushes do a great job of gently removing plaque from the teeth and gums.

COVID-19 quarantine is something we’d all rather not be doing, but we’re all in this together. By maintaining sensible dental habits, your children will breeze by their time indoors with a healthy smile.

Tim Esterdahl

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