A Parents’ Guide to Kids Oral Health

December 14, 2018

Parenting is not an easy job. While kids may not come with an instruction manual, everyone seems to have advice. However, when it comes to your children’s oral health, your dentist is a great resource. Having a healthy smile as a child creates a strong foundation for having a healthy smile well into adulthood. Ignoring issues or allowing bad habits to build up can lead to a lifetime of dental problems. If your family lives in or near Olathe, Kansas, the team at E-Care Dentistry can take care of your smiles.

Simple 2×2 Rule

Simplicity is the best way to keep things easy. When it comes to kids (and some adults, too!), brushing the teeth can seem like a boring chore. The 2×2 rule is a way to keep the expectation simple for everybody. It is recommended that everyone brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each session. Twice a day for two minutes is known as 2×2. To help make it a little more fun for kids, you can let them pick out their own toothbrush, which might be in their favorite color or don their favorite superhero.

Let Your Dentist Help

Your dentist can be a great resource in helping to educate your children about good oral health habits like brushing or flossing. Your dentist can also recommend specific treatments that might help your child’s smile. For example, fluoride treatments can help strengthen the enamel of the teeth. Dental sealants can be used as a protective agent to prevent tooth decay.

Water Water Water

Drinking water is a good habit to start at a young age. Rather than letting your child drink too much juice or soda (both of which are packed full of sugar), you can encourage them to drink water throughout the day. Not only will it help keep their mouth and body hydrated, but it can help rinse away harmful bacteria.

Do You Have Questions About Your Child’s Smile?

Our team can help your family keep their smiles strong and healthy. To schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, Spring Hill, Osawatomie, Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, De Soto, Paola, Lawrence, and all surrounding communities.