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Helping Your Child Keep Their Breath Fresh

August 27, 2021 8:52 pm
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One of the most obvious signs of good dental health is fresh breath! Like adults, kids can experience bad breath, which can impact their wellbeing and self-confidence. Let’s take a look at some simple ways you can help your child keep their breath fresh!

1. Encourage them to drink plenty of water

Juice and soft drinks are delicious — but they’re not great for your child’s oral health for many reasons. Whenever you can, encourage your child to drink plenty of water to enhance their breath. Water naturally curbs plaque and bacteria growth. To encourage them to drink water, you can make healthy flavored waters using your child’s favorite fresh fruits as flavoring!

2. Give them a balanced diet

Sugar, starch, and acid promotes bad breath bacteria production, so provide your child with a balanced diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products (like yogurt and cheese), fiber, and protein to help promote a strong and healthy smile.

3. Reward them for brushing & flossing

Up until the age of seven, children need assistance to brush and floss their teeth properly. Once they are seven and above, however, it’s important to encourage them to do their part to keep their teeth clean. Quality checks and reminders will definitely be necessary! If it helps, offer rewards for a job well done and for consistently brushing and flossing their teeth twice a day.

4. Let them chew sugar-free gum occasionally

Because of its high sugar content, candy is not good for teeth. If your child is old enough to enjoy gum, give them a sugar-free gum that contains xylitol, a natural sweetener that’s actually beneficial for teeth! Look for the ADA seal of approval for a dentist-approved sugar-free gum.

5. Take them to the dentist regularly

Twice yearly dental appointments help keep your child’s oral health on track. Your child’s dentist will be able to detect any abnormalities or address any issues your child is experiencing to set them up for a lifetime of success and smiles. Safari Children’s Dentistry & Braces offers comprehensive pediatric dentistry for young patients of all ages!

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