Brushing, flossing, and eating healthy for kidsLast updated : December 20, 2016
Posted by: Reading Dental Associates
Brushing tips for kids
Starting at birth, clean your child's gums with a soft cloth and water. As soon as your child's teeth erupt, brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush. If they are under the age of 2, use a small "smear" of toothpaste. If they're 2-5 years old, use a "pea-size" amount of toothpaste. Be sure and use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste and make sure your child does not swallow it. When brushing, the parent should brush the child's teeth until they are old enough to do a good job on their own.
Flossing tips for kids
Flossing removes plaque between teeth and under the gumline where a toothbrush can't reach. Flossing should begin when any two teeth touch. Be sure and floss your child's teeth daily until he or she can do it alone.
Good and healthy diet
Healthy eating habits lead to healthy teeth. Like the rest of the body, the teeth, bones and the soft tissues of the mouth need a well-balanced diet. Children should eat a variety of foods from the five major food groups. Most snacks that children eat can lead to cavity formation. The more frequently a child snacks, the greater the chance for tooth decay. How long food remains in the mouth also plays a role. For example, hard candy and breath mints stay in the mouth a long time, which cause longer acid attacks on tooth enamel. If your child must snack, choose nutritious foods such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cheese, which are healthier and better for children’s teeth.
To understand further, contact our pediatric dentist for an appointment at 781-944-6761. We serve Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, Wakefield, Stoneham, Lynnfield and Woburn.