(Written by Dylan Lott) There’s still a surprising amount of parents that don’t understand what even causes actual tooth decay for kids. A popular myth states that tooth decay is caused by worms in your teeth. An even more popular myth, perhaps one that’s continued by marketing, is the idea that the handle on your tooth brush effects how well a toothbrush fights plaque (which also isn’t true).
Oral Health for Toddlers: 8 Ways to Protect Your Child’s Teeth
The point is, there’s a lot of misconceptions about what teeth need and what does and doesn’t hurt them. Marketing doesn’t help, either. Did you know that electric toothbrushes don’t do any better either? And that putting your tooth in milk after it gets knocked out can help increase your tooth’s lifespan?
In reality, building healthy oral habits should start at a young age. It’s best to get your kids started and teach them why it’s important. But don’t think that excludes you, either. The majority of Americans don’t floss nearly as much as they should, and many that do floss aren’t doing it correctly. In the U.S. each year, every person buys on average 18 yards of floss, when they should be buying around 122 yards of floss. It just goes to show that most people need to step it up when it comes to their oral hygiene.
Don’t wait until it’s too late; Start using some of these tips for toddler teeth today and improve your oral health. Better yet, teach them to your kids and make a habit out of it. It’s better to start today than need a dentist tomorrow.