So, what’s the number one chronic childhood disease out there?
According to the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, tooth decay is the number 1 childhood disease. It’s five times more common than asthma. And it’s on the rise for kids.
Recent studies show that over 40% of children will have tooth decay by the time they enter kindergarten. And 21% of kids between 6 to 11 already have cavities to their permanent teeth.
So, what’s a kid supposed to do? Luckily most dental diseases are preventable, but it takes a little effort and mindfulness. Here are 7 ways for kids, and their beleaguered parents, to fight back against tooth decay, and maintain good, oral health.
7 Ways for Kids to Stay Cavity Free!
- Visit the dentist early – when? Usually by the time the first tooth appears or the 1st birthday!
- Regularly brush & floss (sometimes with supervision) twice a day!
- Bribe them free gift cards as an incentive to combat cavities – like the North Seattle Kids Cavity Free Club!
- Be aware of foods that promote cavities!
- Try Sealants – sealants are a thin coating painted on the chewing surface of the tooth to fill in any pits. School-age children (between 6-11) are nearly 3 times more likely to get molar cavities compared to kids with sealants.
- Incorporate foods and tips that help prevent cavities!
- Schedule routine dental exams with your dentist!
Helping your kids develop good dental hygiene is the best way to assist them in the on-going battle against tooth decay and cavities. And if your kid still needs a little more of incentive besides being cavity free, they they can always enter their name every time they get a “Cavity Free” declaration at their next dental exam with us.