Caring For Your Children’s Teeth

Caring For Your Children’s Teeth

The results from a recent study carried out by the Center for Disease Control are quite alarming, it shows that one quarter of toddlers and pre-school children and over 50 percent of school age children have one or more cavities. Unfortunately the results are even worse in low income families.

What is behind this increase in tooth decay?

No parent wants their children to have poor teeth, cavities are painful and an expense that can be avoided with attention to oral care. The problem however are the parents, they allow their children to indulge in habits that lead to decay.

* Allowing their children to consume sugar laced soft drinks and juices
* Drinking soft drinks after bed time
* Continuous consumption of junk food
* Eating far too much candy, especially gummy products that can lodge between the teeth
* Drinking bottled water rather than municipal water which contains fluoride

Over and above these food and beverage choices is the fact that children are not drilled on the benefits of twice a day brushing right from early childhood and the parents neglecting to take the child for an early appointment with their Arlington heights IL dentist.

Don’t let the children make the rules:

Kids always seem to be busy doing something, they often balk at taking the time to clean their teeth. Whether they like it or not, this is something that must be done and as a parent it is your job to see that it is done until it becomes a habit. At first you may have to prompt them of course, perhaps letting them clean their teeth alongside you is a good idea. Children love praise, let them know how proud you are of the great job they did; of course topping it up if necessary.

First dental visit:

As soon as the first tooth breaks through the gum you should make an appointment with your Arlington Heights Il dentist. The dentist can provide you with instructions on how you can care for your children’s teeth until they can do it themselves.

As a parent it is your responsibility to teach your children the benefits of good oral hygiene. If you are looking for an Arlington Heights IL dentist for your family you are invited to make an appointment with James Kakos DDS.

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