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What Is the Most Common Chronic Illness in American Kids? Tooth Decay!

April 25, 2017
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Posted By: Mary O. Flynn, DDS
Children's Dentistry | Edina MN Dentist

One of the most chronic health issues children face today is also one of the most preventable: tooth decay. According to the Centers for Disease Control, cavities are especially common in children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 19.

Although fluoridated water has gone a long way in improving the rate of dental cavities in children, there is still plenty of room for improvement. Making sure to take kids to their pediatric dentist in Edina twice each year for checkups and cleanings is one way to lower the incidence of cavities. Better home care can also help.

Motivating Children to Practice Good Oral Health Care at Home

If you are a parent, you know it can be a challenge to get your kids to brush and floss their teeth the way they should.

Smaller kids have dexterity issues that physically make it tough for them to get their teeth as clean as they should. Parents can help at this stage, letting their children brush their teeth themselves—then stepping in to ensure the job was done well.

Older kids lack the patience to brush thoroughly, and although they are physically capable of doing a thorough job, they often rush through the process or skip it altogether. A electronic toothbrush with a 2-minute timer can help reassure adolescents and teens that they are brushing long enough.

There are plenty of dental tools available today that can make practicing good oral care at home something fun for your kids.

Toothpastes are available in many different flavors. Find one that your child enjoys. A fun or character-themed toothbrush can also help.

Flavored dental flossers in fun colors are another way to make the process more interesting. Setting up rewards or a game system can also help make dental care more fun for kids.

Visit Your Edina Family Dentist Today

Do all that you can to protect your child’s oral health by bringing him or her to the dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings. Ask about dental sealants and fluoride treatments to offer further protection! If you are looking for a family dentist in Edina MN, call 50th and France Dental Care today!

 

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