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Four tips to Keep Your kids Cavity Free

Four Tips To Keep Your Cavities Free

As top pediatric dentists serving children in Denver and the Highlands, Dr.  Nichols and Dr. Snavely care tremendously for the dental health of the children they serve. It may surprise you to learn that the most common chronic childhood disease is tooth decay. The Centers for Disease Control had concluded that one in every five children in the US has an untreated cavity. That’s shocking – even to us! What’s even more surprising is that nearly 100% of those cavities are preventable. Here are four quick tips that your child can follow to stay cavity free:

Start brushing for two minutes, twice every day

Regular brushing is the single greatest factor in determining whether your child will have cavities. Unfortunately skipping brushing is all too easy – whether that be in a rushed morning before school, or late at night when your child is tired and forgets. Consider using a chart to track and reward regular brushing, along with small gifts like stickers given at specific milestones. You might also consider using an app to time brushing or watching one of the many videos on YouTube designed to time tooth brushing at exactly 2 minutes.

Start flossing regulary

Did you know that brushing alone leaves nearly 1/3 of tooth surfaces untouched?  Flossing is the best way to reach those hard to get to areas of the mouth. Children should begin flossing as soon as two teeth meet side-by-side. Parents can help and should continue to floss for their children until they’re old enough and have the dexterity required.

Skip plastic bottles and drink fluoridated tap water

Statistics show that kids are drinking more water, which is great!  However, one of the greatest advances in oral health is public fluoridated water supplied and unfortunately most bottled water doesn’t contain it.  Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been proven to dramatically reduce cavities. It’s been safely added to New York water supplies since 1065! This year, commit to saving a plastic bottle and getting fluoride through tap water.

Schedule an appointment

Is it time to catch up on an appointment?  We would love to see you at Tennyson Pediatric Dentistry.  Dr. Nichols and Dr. Snavely, along with our incredible team would love to sit down with you and your child to discuss ways to prevent cavities and continue a lifetime of positive oral health. Request an appointment today!

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Quick Tips to Encourage Reluctant Brushers

Toothbrushing is often not the most fun activity for children. And you may have struggled in encouraging your kids to develop healthy dental habits. Here’s how parents can encourage their children to brush by making toothbrushing fun!

Brush Together

One great way to making brushing fun for young brushers is by brushing with them. This helps you get into a fun routine with your child and have a bit more time together and allows you to give them specific brushing tips, as well as keep an eye on how long they’re brushing.

Find Fun Brushing Videos

For children, it can be tough to brush for two minutes at a time. This is because it’s difficult to keep young children still and focused on brushing their teeth for two minutes. You can help your child have more fun while they brush by letting them brush while watching a tooth brushing video. These educational videos help guide children through brushing their teeth, and each lasts at least two minutes. We suggest finding one that you deem appropriate for your child, and one that they will enjoy watching.

Try an Electric Toothbrush

An electric toothbrush is an appealing option for children just beginning to brush since they require less dexterity and physical motion to operate. Additionally, most electric toothbrushes feature brushing timers to ensure that they brush for two minutes at a time. We suggest looking for an electric toothbrush specifically made for children that is easy for them to hold and has a head that fits in their mouth comfortably.

Care for Teeth the Right Way

The American Dental Association advises that everyone brushes their teeth twice per day, for two minutes at a time. The time limit helps ensure that all of the bad bacteria is scrubbed off of teeth, which prevents plaque buildup and cavities. Make sure your child brushes their entire tooth surface, including the backside of teeth – which is often neglected.

Brushing isn’t all your child needs to do to maintain a healthy mouth, flossing is also very important. Debris left in between teeth can cause plaque buildup and cavities, which is why it’s important that your child flosses once per day, and cleans below the gumline.

We Help Make Brushing Fun

Our office serves patients of all ages, and our team understands the unique challenges of caring for children. If you have a reluctant toothbrusher, visit Tennyson Pediatric Dentistry in Denver, Colorado.  We can show your child how fun toothbrushing can be, and how important it is for a healthy life.