Healthy teeth and gums are a result of good dental habits from a young age. If you neglect your kid’s dental health, this can lead to tooth decay, cavities, or other dental problems. Dr. Sepehri and her team at PS Dental in Tigard, Oregon, have all the specialized amenities and expertise to attend to any of your child’s dental issues.
Here are 5 ways to help your kids have healthy gums and teeth:
Brushing twice a day is the best practice to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Kids must brush their teeth for at least 2 minutes in a circular motion to properly remove debris and plaque.
Flossing helps remove plaque, bacteria, and food particles stuck between the teeth. Our team at PS Dental can demonstrate proper flossing techniques to your kids if necessary.
Diet plays an important role in a kid's health. Foods that are rich in calcium and magnesium should be included in their diet. Calcium helps strengthen the bones and tooth enamel. Foods rich in calcium are cheese, yogurt, or milk. Magnesium helps improve teeth and bone strength. Magnesium-rich food includes spinach, almonds, and peanuts.
Sugar is the most common source of bacterial growth. It can cause plaque and lead to cavities. We all know that kids love their candies and marshmallows. Even though you cannot completely stop your kids from having these goodies, it is important to keep an eye on their sugar intake and let them indulge in sugary treats sparingly. Moreover, ask your kids to brush and floss immediately after they eat such foods.
Regular dental exams are an important part of preventive dental care. During regular checkups, the dentist will clean your child’s teeth and look for signs of tooth decay. Fluoride or sealants may be recommended to mitigate the risk of dental decay.
If you are looking for ways to help your kid have healthy teeth and gums, contact Dr. Sepehri and her team at PS Dental at (503) 574-4000. You can also visit the clinic at 12017 SW 70th Ave, Tigard, Oregon 97223.