Take notes, tired parents! If you’ve all but emptied your bag of tricks to get your little one to brush and floss regularly, there are still a few more cards you can put up your sleeve to help keep smiles cavity-free.
Give these sneaky (yet proven) dental hacks a try to preserve your child’s oral health:
5. Add fluoride to your child’s diet.
Fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral, is a proven cavity-fighter that can prevent and even reverse early tooth decay. The ADA recommends daily intake of moderate levels of fluoride, and it can easily be incorporated in a variety of ways: through fluoride-enhanced water, vitamins, toothpaste and more. Check with your child’s dentist first to ensure the proper dosage for your child.
6. Encourage a drink of water after a sweet treat.
A little H2O right after dessert can do more than just quench your child’s thirst. Not only does it help minimize the contact of sugar with his or her teeth, but also it can dislodge tough food particles and help restore the mouth’s PH balance. Cleansing the palate by drinking water (and brushing, if possible) can also diminish cravings for more sweets.
7. Dish up a plate of food before going to a party.
If you know your child is headed for a celebration, have him or her eat just beforehand. Offering a plate of nutritious food can help fill your child’s stomach and make a cavity-causing cake and dessert binge less likely. Setting a rule on edible favors can also help limit sweets without cutting down on the fun of the event. Permit your child to pick out a few favorites and save (or share) the rest.
Nothing Beats Brushing and Flossing
Taking a creative approach can make dental care less stressful for both you and your child, but regular brushing, flossing and dentist visits are still the most critical paths to preserving oral health. For additional questions or ideas on protecting your child’s teeth, schedule a consultation with your child’s dentist.
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