After we eat, the bacteria in our mouth will go crazy over the sugar from food. After which, the bacteria release harmful acids in the mouth that eat away our tooth enamel, causing cavities. The bacteria also cause gingivitis, a gum disease that leads to red, swollen gums which are very common to children who are more fond of sweets. This can lead to difficulty in eating and insecurity when smiling or talking with a classmate in the daycare. We can’t let our children endure these dental problems, right? For these reasons, it is important to teach our children proper dental hygiene.
At Creative Minds Preschool of Youngsville, a Preschool in Youngsville, Louisiana, we encourage children to take care of their teeth at a young age. Here, we provide some helpful tips:
- Brush teeth at least twice a day.
It is recommended that children brush their teeth at least twice a day — after breakfast and before bedtime. When brushing, be sure to brush all areas of the teeth, not just the front area.
- Use a brush with soft bristles.
Hard bristles can damage children’s tooth enamel and gums. Hence, they need to choose a toothbrush with soft bristles, and replace it with a new one every 3 months.
- Learn how to floss the teeth.
No matter how well your child brushes, not all areas or sides of the teeth can be reached by the toothbrush. Hence, flossing the teeth is important. Just slip the dental floss between each tooth gently.
- Be careful about what your children eat or drink.
Even if they regularly brush and floss their teeth, having healthy teeth is impossible to achieve if they overindulge in sweets and sodas. As a Childcare in Louisiana, we prepare only healthy and nutritious foods for children, making sure they are healthy as they enjoy learning at school.