Happy New Year! Here at Clover Kids we are optimistically looking forward to a better year. And what better way to ring in the New Year than by prioritizing your dental health? We’ve compiled a list of dental health resolutions to help you and your children start 2021 off on the right foot.
- Routine dental visitsThis year, schedule 2 dental visits, and keep your appointments! At your routine wellness checks, the dental team can monitor your teeth, gum, and overall oral health. Regular visits to the dentist prevent cavities from growing, and can pinpoint other dental issues for early care. Preventative dental care is much easier and less expensive than restoration!
- Improving tooth brushing and flossing habitsGood brushing and flossing are important in removing plaque, which prevents cavities, and in maintaining excellent gum health. The Clover Kids team is always happy to review brushing and flossing techniques with you and your children. We also know that it can be difficult to motivate children to prioritize their dental health. If your little ones aren’t crazy about brushing or flossing, develop a game or a challenge to get them engaged!
- Start out the year with a fresh toothbrush!When was the last time you switched out your toothbrush? We recommend that you switch out your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or when the bristles start to fray or wear down. Over time, bacteria can accumulate on your old toothbrush, which doesn’t make it the best instrument to clean your teeth with!
- Incorporate healthier food & beverage choices into your dietThe more sugar you eat, the more sugar bacteria in your mouth eat! Bacteria then produce acid which weakens your teeth and leads to tooth decay and cavities. Try switching out a soda for a glass of water, and a sugary snack for a vegetable or fruit. A favorite healthy snack of ours is apple slices with a nut butter that’s low in sugar!
- Try chewing on sugar-free gum after mealsChewing gum helps to generate saliva, which can help clean our teeth of acid produced by bacteria! While chewing gum does not replace brushing and flossing, it can help mitigate tooth decay in conjunction with a solid oral hygiene routine. Added bonus: chewing gum can be exciting for many kids, and an easy habit to implement!
Overall, forming healthy oral hygiene habits is a priority. Particularly for children, forming positive habits while young will instill the skills they need to have a healthy smile their whole life! Not only will solid dental care save you time and money in the long-run, but it will also give you a confident smile for life. So this January, we wish you a year of strong, healthy teeth and lots of smiles 🙂