5 Tips for School Age Kids and Tooth Decay
TOOTH DECAY IS THE NUMBER ONE CHRONIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE AMONG CHILDREN IN THE U.S.?
DID YOU KNOW…
Many parents are surprised to learn that tooth decay can begin as early as age 1. Children with tooth decay are far more likely to develop immediate and long term oral health issues, including pain, infections, difficulty speaking, problems eating food, tooth discoloration and even tooth loss.
But with the help of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you can join the Monster-Free Mouths Movement and keep your child’s mouth free of creatures like Tartar the Terrible, Ginger Bite-Us and Tooth D.K. Below are important tips to help kids have monster-free mouths—at all ages!
- Parents should supervise the brushing of teeth for school-aged children until they are SEVEN OR EIGHT YEARS OLD.
- When teeth are touching, it is time to BEGIN FLOSSING. Ask the pediatric dentist for tips on flossing your child’s teeth.
- In addition to brushing and flossing your child can CHEW GUM WITH XYLITOL, a non-sugar naturally occurring substance, to stimulate saliva flow which helps to clean the mouth (just make sure to ask the teacher!)
- Remember to PROTECT YOUR CHILD’S TEETH WITH A MOUTHGUARD when they participate in physical activities, including sports and leisure activities. Consult your child’s pediatric dentist to determine which type of mouthguard is most appropriate for your child.
- AVOID CARBONATED BEVERAGES which can erode enamel on teeth; sport drinks and juice pouches are also bad for teeth as they keep acid levels high—which the Mouth Monsters like!
Don’t wait for your kid’s oral check-up.