Tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease among children 6 to 19 years of age, and its prevalence among those under 5 is on the rise. Tooth decay causes pain, dysfunction and difficulty concentrating, and can result in school absences and poor appearance. Research also supports a strong link between oral health and overall health. The good news is that dental health issues are nearly 100 percent preventable, and sticking to the basics of dental healthcare can go a long way toward establishing and maintaining better health.
While establishing and maintaining proper dental health habits is imperative, there are ways to make it fun. With parental supervision and assistance, kids should brush their teeth twice a day, floss daily, use mouthwash, visit the dentist twice annually and eat a well-balanced diet.
Good oral care doesn’t have to be a chore. There are a variety of kid-friendly toothbrushes, fun flossers, toothpastes and mouthwash flavors on the market. Countless dental offices now aim to make dental visits for children more like field trips with movies, balloons and prizes, all in a fun-loving environment.