There is a plague happening in kids mouths, and it’s not really parents’ faults. Sugar is in pretty much everything that we give to our kids, and a lot of times that sugar is totally hidden under a million names that no one could keep straight. That’s part of the reason why keeping out kids’ mouths healthy has to start at an early age.
It starts by establishing a kind of culture of clean mouth health at home. What does that mean? Well, it means trying to keep some of those unnecessary sugars out of our kids mouths. That’s not easy, to be sure, but the sugar consumption can at least be curbed. Meanwhile, when brushing begins around 15 months, it is important to avoid fluoride for some time, usually until age two or three. Even then, only a small, pea sized amount should be used.
It’s also important to start seeing the dentist as soon as teeth start to sprout so that they can tack how the teeth are growing in. Catching any problems early on can save you money and grief over the long haul.
For more on how to handle your kids dental health, see here: Good dental care starts at an early age.
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