Daily care for smiles is crucial for kids as well as adults, helping people of all ages avoid issues like tooth decay and infection. Since checkups and cleanings, and preventive treatments like fluoride varnish and dental sealants, are not available right now, care from home is crucial to help families in Independence, MO, enjoy their healthiest possible smiles.
The Risks of Cavities and Other Issues
When we don’t clean our teeth each day, and we consume foods high in sugar and starch, this leaves behind particles on and between the teeth. Bacteria break down these pieces of food and in the process, elevate oral acidity and coat the teeth in plaque buildup, which weakens and erodes the protective layer of tooth enamel. As the enamel erodes, bacteria reach the inner structures and causes a cavity to form. Over time, the cavity grows more severe and the teeth begin to ache or feel sensitive. If you don’t seek treatment, then this could mean an infection or even a lost tooth in some cases.
Brushing and Flossing the Right Way
To start, let’s make sure your kids are brushing and flossing as they should. Kids need to brush when they wake up and again before bed. You may need to assist your younger children and monitor your older ones. Each session should take about two minutes, and for toddler-aged children and older, we recommend fluoride toothpaste. Kids also need to floss each night before bed, and this process should start as soon as there are teeth sitting side-by-side. Flossing removes what a toothbrush cannot reach. You can also find fun apps and podcasts to walk kids through the process and make it fun!
Avoiding Sugary Snacks
Along with daily care, kids need to enjoy healthy snacks and drinks. Not only does this limit the risks of cavities, but healthy items also provide vitamins and nutrients that strengthen oral health. Instead of candies and chips, or sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks, encourage them to drink more water and offer fruits, veggies, whole grain crackers or pretzels, nuts, cheeses, and yogurts. If you have any questions about protecting little smiles, then contact our team today. Remember, if your child experiences pain in his or her smile, we can offer emergency treatment to address this and safeguard their oral health.
Do You Have Questions About Children’s Dentistry?
We would like to help the entire family enjoy their healthiest smile, even if they can’t attend checkups and cleanings for now. To learn more about how we help families enjoy better oral health, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.