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Keeping your Child’s Smile bright in 2023

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Welcome to 2023

What are your New Year’s resolutions?  Perhaps you are deciding to build that new swing set or read more adventure books with your child. Maybe you are planning on some goals for yourself. We wish you luck!  Now if one of your resolutions is to make sure your children live a healthier lifestyle in 2023, don’t forget about their oral health! 

“Helping your child have good oral hygiene habits will help ensure their overall health stays great as well.”  Said Dr. Lela Farmer at Scuba Smiles for Kids.

Why your child’s Oral Health is important.

Good oral hygiene is important for a number of reasons.

When your child takes care of their teeth and gums, they are helping to keep tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease from becoming a problem.

Tooth decay is caused by the build-up of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums. Teaching your child sound brushing and flossing habits can help make sure they get as much of that sticky stuff off their teeth as possible!  Once that sticky film of bacteria is left behind, it can turn into hard tartar which can only be removed by a dental professional.

Good oral hygiene also means your child is less at risk for inflamed gums which can in turn lead to gum disease. 

When your children practice good oral hygiene, they are not only preventing serious dental problems, but also keeping their teeth and gums looking and feeling healthy. Bright healthy smiles make for happier children at home and in the classroom. Right?

Big Smile. Looking Good! 

Ensuring your children brush and floss at least twice a day also helps to remove stains and discoloration that can often impact your child’s teeth. Think of all the foods and drinks that can stain their teeth. Regular brushing and flossing can keep teeth nice and white!

So, how can you ensure that you are practicing good oral hygiene?

6 tips to achieve better oral hygiene in 2023! 

  1. Make sure your child brushes and flosses their teeth twice a day for at least two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Singing their favorite 2-minute song is a great way to make brushing so much more fun!
  2. Don’t forget the floss!  When your child flosses they’re removing plaque and food particles from between their teeth and along the gum line.
  3. Cut down on the candy! Create fun fruit snacks instead.
  4. Replace that toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed
  5. Instead of soda, get your child to drink more water. There are great water flavorings you can put in to make it taste fantastic and water is better for their bodies as well!
  6. Don’t forget to have your child get a check-up and cleaning at the dentist’s office at least twice a year.

“Now is the perfect time to start improving your child’s oral hygiene in 2023. Make an appointment for a check-up and cleaning,” said Dr. Farmer.

Incorporating good oral hygiene habits into your child’s daily routine can go a long way to keeping their smile bright and making their bodies feel great!  So, as you make your resolutions for the New Year, don’t forget to include taking care of your child’s teeth and gums. Their contagious smiles – and overall health – will thank you.

Remember your child’s trip to the dentist does not have to be scary. At Scuba Smiles we know how to make dental appointments stress-free for your child…and YOU. We are always here to help! ” said Dr. Farmer.