Tooth decay is far too common in American children. 

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42 percent of kids from ages two to 11 have had cavities in their primary teeth. Tooth decay is a widespread problem, and because February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, we’ve set out to help you prevent tooth decay in your child. The following is a list of tips from our day care in Peekskill to help you prevent tooth decay:

#1. Make sure your kids brush and floss every single day. 

Brushing and flossing are the most important things you can do to keep your child’s mouth healthy, and it’s always a good idea to get them into the habit when they are young. Make sure they are brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. A good way to do this is to make it a part of your child’s regular bedtime routine.

#2. Make sure that they are brushing and flossing properly. 

In most cases, brushing and flossing isn’t enough if they aren’t doing it correctly. Play a song that they really like, and make sure that they are brushing throughout the entirety of the song. Oftentimes, kids will brush too quickly and do not clean thoroughly enough. It’s also a good idea to watch them while they brush to make sure that they are brushing all of the surfaces of their teeth and their tongue.

Want to learn more tips for preventing tooth decay in kids? If so, please stay tuned for our child care giver’s next blog.