Tooth decay in children has become a growing problem, where the tooth enamel is destroyed and cavities form. Tooth decay happens over time, and it can be pretty simple to prevent with less than 10 minutes a day of maintenance. Daily oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing can make a world of difference in preventative pediatric dentistry.
In fact, tooth decay is the #1 chronic childhood disease and early preventative care can protect children from a world of dental problems in the future!
Childhood Tooth Decay and a Solution
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 43% of children ages 2-11 have had dental caries (tooth decay) and 23% of children ages 2-11 have untreated dental caries. While we all want the best healthcare for our children, dental care has a major role in taking of our children’s oral and overall health. Because of this, we would like to offer fun options for your children to enjoy brushing their teeth.
Brushing Your Child’s Teeth with Their Favorite Disney Friend
It’s common knowledge that brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day is key to maintaining a healthy mouth. Researchers have found that starting before children’s teeth begin to show can strengthen the gums and provide protection against tooth decay as the first set of teeth come in. But, kids with their short attention spans that focus best on activities and icons they enjoy can be intertwined with brushing and flossing as well.
For the children that are obsessed like my daughter with Elsa from Frozen, keeping her excited about brushing her teeth can be as easy as having Disney branded toothbrushes and floss packets. We even can talk about how white and pretty Elsa’s teeth are and ask her if she wants her teeth to be just like hers.
From there, just using the Disney or childhood icon that your kid is in love with can make the process of transitioning into teeth brushing morning or night time a breeze that’s fun and enjoyable for both parent and child.
Brush and Floss with Your Children
Monkey see, monkey do applies to children with their parents. As your children get older and better at brushing their teeth, they can learn by practicing with you. If your child see’s you brushing your teeth with them, you can smile with bubbles, laugh, giggle, teach proper techniques, time spent, and how to spit properly after brushing.
With so many ways to make childhood dental care fun, there’s no better solution to childhood tooth decay than consistent parental guidance and support.
Start Taking Your Child to the Dentist Early
Another thing that helped of our patients, a little girl of just 18 months at the time, was by starting her early with her dental visits. The first visit is a fun visit and it’s great to pair with a parent getting their teeth done if possible. If it’s just for the child, allowing them to see and play with some of the equipment at our dental office in Keller can remove the scariness of being in a new place and having dental instruments near and inside their mouth. After just two visits, this little girl became so excited that she runs around playing dentist at home and reminds her parents before bed that it’s time to brush their teeth and floss.