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Kids and Cavities

Posted Nov 16 2009 10:00pm

I love toothy smiles on little kids! They are just so adorable with all the crookedness, spaceyness, and the crowdedness. 

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Apparently I’ve only covered oral health once on this blog before.  This post I talked about the most cavity causing foods.   I think this issue deserves much more coverage.

“Both the US Surgeon General and Congress have recognized tooth decay in children as a “silent epidemic” in America.  Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease.”  In addition, oral health has a considerable impact on speech development, learning, nutrition, and self-esteem.

teeth1 So, how good are your kids at brushing their teeth? 

  • Do they brush and floss twice a day? 
  • Do they brush for a full two minutes?
  • Do you supplement with fluoride?  

My kids have skated by on luck at the dentist because they aren’t very good at brushing.  I fight them on it most nights, and mornings are another story altogether.  And within a year, I will have 2 kids in braces… with the third child close behind!  Do you know how much money that costs these days!!   But back to clean teeth:  Here is some good tips from Oral B: teeth3

  • Help children brush until they have developed good habits. (maybe I should have spent more time in this stage)
  • Children should not fall asleep with a bottle that contains anything other than water.
  • Be aware of the impact of nutrition on oral health such as limiting sugar drinks.
  • Focus on prevention such as sealants, fluoride treatments, and filling cavities.
  • Plaque covered teeth, bad breath, discoloration, damaged or missing teeth can result in embarrassment and a diminished self image, so start young!

Thanks Oral B!  Everyone needs toothbrushes and toothpaste, right?  Head over to the giveaway page to win some from Oral B products.

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