Five dental health tips for parents of young kids
We all know that being a parent to young kids is a full time job. While you’re busy looking after your loved ones, your health tends to take the back seat. So when you’re sleep deprived and short on time what can you do to take care of your teeth? You can start by using the limited time that you have wisely.
Since mornings with young kids are usually a mad rush and finding a couple of minutes for yourself feels like a miracle it’s tempting to not brush your teeth in the morning. However, to keep the bacteria that cause tooth decay at bay you need to brush twice a day. So try brushing for two minutes before the kids wake up.
Evenings, once the kids are asleep, is when most parents finally take time to themselves.
Flossing is best done at night before you brush - though there are brushes and devices like water flossers that you can use to make this easier. Using an electric toothbrush can also make your brushing more effective and help you make sure you spend long enough cleaning your teeth.
Using a toothpaste containing fluoride is the most efficient way to take care of your teeth. Fluoride combines with the enamel on your teeth and strengthens them making them more resistant to acids and decay. If you choose not to use a toothpaste containing fluoride you can still have healthy teeth by maintaining excellent oral hygiene and avoiding sugary and acidic foods.
Mouthwash can be used after brushing but is not essential and definitely doesn’t replace flossing and brushing so if you’re time poor this is the step worth cutting out.
And lastly, taking 30-45 mins to have a checkup and clean every 6-12 months can also help maintain strong, healthy teeth for you and your entire family. This way decay can be caught early and toothaches and infections can be avoided.
Looking after a young family is not easy. Using these tips and taking a few minutes a day to look after yourself can help make sure you’re able to give your family the best version of yourself.