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How You Can Help Kids Prevent Cavities

Children love to fill up on sweet treats, but those snacks can end up costing you a fortune in dental treatments. The best way to treat cavities is to prevent them before they develop, so start teaching your kids that lesson as soon as possible. Here are some ideas for proactive parents who want to stop cavities before they start forming.

Lead by Example

Kids often want to imitate their parents because they want to be more grown up. Instead of telling them to take care of their teeth, show them that brushing their teeth is important. Brush your teeth at the same time as your kid so they’ll learn it’s something they need to do. Teach them by example, and they’ll be more eager to listen. 

Buy More Sugar-Free Alternatives

Most snacks are loaded with sugar, such as fruit snacks, packaged pastries, candy, soda, and ice cream. You don’t have to force your kid to avoid these items entirely, but it is a good idea to limit their consumption of these. Only allow them to have these snacks occasionally. Sugar-free snacks are much better for daily snacking. Try to get in the habit of providing healthy alternatives like grapes, carrots, and pears.

Limit Bedtime Beverages

A cup of apple juice or milk before bed might help your kid get to sleep, but these drinks might also be rotting their teeth. Most beverages are packed with sugar, and that sugar will stick to their teeth all night. Brushing their teeth before bed won’t keep their teeth healthy if you’re giving them sugar right after. If your kid gets thirsty after they’ve already brushed their teeth, give them water instead of milk or juice. 

Normalize Dentist Appointments

Kids aren’t hardwired to be afraid of the dentist; they learn by hearing others talk about how painful and uncomfortable a trip to the dentist can be. Instead of complaining about your upcoming root canal or routine cleaning, try focusing on the positive aspects of a trip to the dentist. Tell them how much you’re looking forward to that pleasant, fresh feeling that your mouth has after a cleaning. According to a Lowry Family Dental in Boise, having kids go into appointments alone at the dentist can give them a sense of independence as well.

Kids don’t have the kind of judgment required to develop healthy habits, so it’s up to you to make sure they learn what’s good for them and what’s not. Dental hygiene doesn’t have to be a chore. Just make sure your kid sticks to a routine, and their teeth will be a lot healthier for it.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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