4 Tips for Kids That Keep Getting Chronic Cavities
By Anita Ginsburg
If you’re a parent, you know that keeping your kids’ teeth healthy can be a challenge. One common problem for children is chronic cavities. This can be highly frustrating, especially if your child keeps getting them even though you follow all the proper dental care instructions. This blog post will discuss four tips that can help keep your kids’ teeth healthy and cavity-free.
Make Sure Your Child Is Drinking Enough Water
One of the most important things you can do to keep your child’s teeth healthy is make sure they are drinking enough water. Dehydration can cause several dental problems, including chronic cavities. Try to make sure your child drinks at least eight glasses of water per day. If they don’t like plain water, try mixing in a bit of fruit juice or adding ice cubes made from fruit juice.
Take Them to the Dentist Twice a Year
Regular visits to your family dentist will help them catch any problems early before they have a chance to become more serious. Chronic cavities may be a sign that there’s an underlying problem with your child’s teeth, such as crooked or misshapen teeth. Your dentist can help identify and treat these problems, so they don’t lead to chronic cavities in the future.
Encourage Your Child to Brush Their Teeth Twice a Day
Your child needs to brush their teeth twice a day, especially after meals. If they are resistant to brushing their teeth, try making it into a game or let them choose their favorite toothbrush or toothpaste flavor. You can also make brushing fun by playing music or putting on a movie while they brush.
Furthermore, always have your kids rinse or brush their mouths after taking any sweetened liquid medicines. The sugar in the medicine can promote tooth decay.
Flossing is another critical part of good dental hygiene, but it’s something that many kids struggle with. It’s vital for your child to floss once a day to remove any food particles and plaque stuck between their teeth or under the gum line.
Make Sure Your Child is Eating Enough Healthy Foods
Another key to keeping your child’s teeth healthy is making sure they are eating enough healthy foods. You should limit sugary snacks and drinks as much as possible. Instead, focus on giving your child nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. These foods will help keep their teeth healthy and cavity-free.
Ultimately, dental hygiene for children is paramount due to their developing teeth and gums. Therefore, plan on taking them to the dentist every six months. Troubles with teeth can start early and persist if left untreated, so it is better to err on the side of caution.
More About the Author
Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.
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