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How to avoid dental problems with young kids

Jan 19, 2017 03:36PM ● By Press Release

The term “kid food” has become synonymous with tasty treats such as chips, carbonated drinks, sugar coated candies, cookies, and well—you get the idea.

Leaving their physical well-being aside, kid food can do a lot of damage to your child’s teeth if proper precautions are not taken to help them maintain good dental health. While brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is of course the norm, merely explaining to them how bad sweets and chips can be to their teeth will probably not help. So try making a game out of brushing or reward them for their good efforts with a fun activity.

For example, when they do a good job brushing, reward them with bubble bath soap so they can blow bubbles or whatever simple treat (not candy) you know they’ll like.

Of course, at some point you should seriously consider altering their eating habits if they’re wanting snacks after or between each meal. Try substituting snacks with fruits, healthy smoothies or snacks made of whole grain.

Finally, teach your children at an early age the virtues of drinking ample water throughout the day. Water is the one magical substance, which has the power to clear the bits of food that get stuck in their teeth along with helping to flush away some germs.

Lastly, do not forget those fun visits to the dentist’s office on a regular basis.