3 Great Tips for Kids from Beechgrove Family Dental

At Beechgrove Family Dental, we realize that having healthy teeth is vital to our happiness at any age. Oftentimes, patients with recurring tooth issues may not have had the best dental habits in their younger years. It is therefore important to teach children and young adults the correct way from the start. Here are 3 tips for kids to help them keep their teeth clean.

  • Teach them to brush after meals

The period right after meals is the best time to brush – to remove any leftovers! Food debris can get stuck between the gums and teeth, creating the opportunity for cavities to form. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove. Having them brush right after meals, and also before bed is a great way to engender healthy habits that will last into adulthood.

  • Steer them away from sugar

Everyone knows that too much sugar can lead to cavities. But fewer people realize just how prevalent it is in today’s modern diet. Soda pop, mints, as well as sweet or sticky snacks are prime examples. Small children and teens only know what ‘tastes good’, not what actually is good for their health and their teeth. Therefore, it’s up to you to help them make healthy choices.

  • Show them to brush the right way

Many people mistakenly use a vigorous ‘back and forth’ motion to brush their teeth. Show your kids the right way to brush so they don’t injure their gums or teeth. Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle and use short, delicate strokes up and down. Don’t forget the tops and the backs of the teeth as well!
Healthy habits are more likely to continue if taught from a young age. Keep these 3 great dental tips in mind for your kids. And remember to take them to dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups. Visit us today to learn more about our great services and friendly staff!