We’re so excited about Children’s Dental Health Month. We’ll be blogging weekly to keep you informed and inspired to help promote good oral hygiene for your kids and teens. We know as parents, we try to teach our kids the importance of brushing every day, but sometimes we all need a little crash reminder on what’s truth and what’s fiction. We’ve compiled some of the leading myths about oral hygiene for kids to stamp with a fact or fiction!
You only have to brush twice a day.
Fiction! You’re supposed to brush after every meal, but since time doesn’t always allow this, brushing once in the morning and once at night will help you keep your mouth healthy and bright.
Too much fluoride in your child’s oral hygiene routine may cause problems.
Fact! Research has shown that too much fluoride can cause spots to appear on your teeth! Make sure you know what’s inside your toothpaste, mouthwash and water supply!
My child doesn’t need to floss every day, since their small mouths leave little room for floss or food to get in between.
Fiction! You should teach your child to floss at least once a day. Flossing helps get between the teeth, where food and bacteria settle. Even little mouths can succumb to pileups between teeth. Plus, flossing every day helps prevent bad breath!
Mouthwash is too strong for kids to use, and should be avoided in case it’s swallowed.
Fiction! Some of the top companies like Listerine, ACT and Crest have developed kid friendly mouthwashes in a variety of flavors and colors! It’s recommended for kids to use mouthwash in their daily oral hygiene routines. Still worried about strength or harsh chemicals? Tom’s of Maine, a brand known for their natural products, has developed a kid friendly rinse. They even give a breakdown of what’s in their rinse and why on their website.
You can help clean your teens’ teeth during the day by giving them sugar-free gum to chew.
Fact! While sugar-free gum doesn’t replace brushing or flossing it does help break up food particles while your teen is at school, when brushing and flossing are not an option.
It’s okay if they get a cavity in a baby tooth…..it’s going to fall out anyway, right?
Trick question! While it is better if a cavity is in a baby tooth, since it will eventually get replaced by an adult tooth, it does not mean you should stop worrying. If you teach your kids it’s ok to slack on oral hygiene when they’re young, they are more likely to follow those same habits into adulthood. Also, cavities are a sure sign of danger in oral health. A cavity might mean your child isn’t brushing enough, isn’t brushing a particular area of the mouth or that they are eating too many of the wrong foods. Treat every cavity as a warning sign and an opportunity to do a checkup on your child’s overall health.