Is the Easter Bunny Delivering Cavities This Year?
Easter is just around the corner and parents of smaller children are likely preparing to fill Easter baskets with candy and other treats. This is a fun part of the holiday and one that many families incorporate into egg-hunts and similar activities. However, to help protect your children’s teeth from tooth decay, it is important that you balance gifts of candy with assistance in maintaining a good oral hygiene routine.
Even children who have not lost their baby teeth should be brushing twice a day and flossing at least once. Not only does this set the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health, it works to prevent cavities, which may need to be filled even in baby teeth.
If your child or children lack the proper coordination to brush and floss on their own, you can help:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and small amount of toothpaste to remove plaque and food particles from you children’s teeth
- Brush for at least two minutes, both morning and night, and use a floss stick or pick to get in between any two teeth that are touching
- Add a fluoride rinse or children’s mouthwash when your child is old enough to gargle
You may need to continue assisting your child until he or she is three or older. During your child’s routine visits for cleanings and examinations, our Cincinnati family dentists can provide you with additional instruction to help ensure optimal at-home care now, and as they age.
Protecting your child’s teeth from decay does not require avoiding those parts of childhood that are exciting and fun – like candy at Easter. All it requires is attention to oral health and a commitment to modeling good behavior with your own daily care.
Protect your entire family’s oral health by maintaining biannual cleanings and examinations with our family dentists. Contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry online or by calling 513-234-5531 to schedule your next visit today.