“Trick or Treat, Brush your teeth, flossing keeps your fangs on fleek”
Yesterday, we celebrated one of the most candy consumed holidays, Halloween. The day after Halloween is deemed National brush your teeth day. With leftover candy lingering in every child’s mind and maybe even parents, this awareness is a great way to teach children about the importance of dental hygiene.
Some candy is less harmful to your child’s teeth than others. However, gummy or sticky candy should be avoided. These types of candy get stuck in the deep grooves of molars and can be difficult while brushing and flossing. Sour candies are very acidic and eat away the surface of your teeth. Monitor your child's candy consumption to ensure a healthy mouth.
Untreated tooth decay among children can lead to problems with speech, digestion, and self-esteem. With daily flossing, brushing and trips to the dentist, these problems can be preventable and eliminated. As a parent, the best thing to do is help establish good brushing habits early. Children should use a toothbrush that is an appropriate size for their smaller mouths. Children should use a pea-size amount of toothpaste and brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes.
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