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3 Ways to Help Protect Your Child’s Smile

November 1, 2019
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Posted By: White Smiles Family Dental Staff
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At White Smiles Family Dental, we know that you want to protect your child’s teeth. While you cannot do everything for your child, you can help instill lasting dental habits in their routine beginning at a young age. 

How to Keep Your Child's Teeth Clean

Our dental team believes in the importance of children’s dentistry! Below are three simple things you can do to help keep your child’s smile safe:

#1 Encourage Your Family to Drink Lots of Water

Few things damage teeth as quickly as soda, juice, and sugary beverages. While you can indulge in these treats every once in a while, your family should typically stick to water. It’s essential to drink water both with meals and between meals throughout the day. Teach your child to drink plenty of water and to save the specialty drinks for occasions like a birthday or annual holiday dinner. When water is your child’s go-to drink, their smile will be significantly healthier.

#2 Provide Great-Tasting Fluoride Toothpaste 

Your child should brush their teeth several times each day using fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel and fight against cavities. Since many types of toothpaste cater to adults with flavors like mint and cinnamon, you can encourage your child to brush their teeth regularly by providing fluoride toothpaste in kid-friendly flavors like bubble gum, strawberry, and citrus. 

#3 Teach Your Child to Brush With a Timer

Many young children—as well as adults—do not brush their teeth for long enough. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes at a time. If you can brush your teeth three times a day or brush for longer than two minutes each time, that is even better! To help your child establish good brushing habits, teach them to brush using a timer or for the length of their favorite song. 

With a little practice, you can help your child establish great dental habits that will last a lifetime! If you have additional questions about children’s dentistry in Springfield, MO, please feel free to call our dental office at (417) 887-6882! 

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