Feb 182014
 

A huge thank you to Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care for sharing the following tips with us!

 

February is Children’s Dental Health Month and to celebrate, we have put together a few tips that will keep your kid’s teeth healthy all year round.

  • It is recommended for children to brush their teeth 2 to 3 times a day after meals.
  • Use fluoride-free toothpastes that are safe while brushing. Children can brush unattended and they are even safe to swallow.
  • According to ADA (American Dental Association) and CDC (Center for Disease Control), more than 41% of American children have some type of dental fluorosis.
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Actual Patient Photo 2011
  • Since 1997, FDA mandates that toothpastes that contain fluoride (as an active ingredient) must include a warning label to contact poison control centers in case it is over ingested by children. Beware of what kids of toothpastes you are purchasing for your children.
  • Use a toothbrush designed for children with soft and rounded bristles and a small head to reach back teeth and limited space areas.
  • Change your kids’ toothbrush every 2 months or as soon as bristles are worn out, so they do not harm your kid’s gums.
  • ADA recommends the use of non-fluoridated water for preparation of children’s formula due to the risk of fluorosis (toxic contamination with excess of fluoride in the body).
  • The American Dental Association recommends that parents should be flossing their child’s teeth as soon as he or she has any two teeth that touch. Cleaning between the teeth is important because it removes biofilm (plaque) where a tooth brush cannot reach.
  • Be wise with your kids’ lunch box and meals: avoid sugary (sodas, artificial juices) or starchy (crackers) snacks, since they can increase the risk for cavities.
  • Visit your dentist at least once a year for a complete and comprehensive check up.