Get your kids to brush those pearly whites

   March 6, 2013 4:24 am    0

 

Little critter at the dentistIt’s National Dentist Day! Here’s one of my favorite kid’s books by Mercer Mayer. If you haven’t met Little Critter, you are missing some fun books.

As a mom of three kids who had braces, lots of bonded front teeth and some nasty cavities, I have advice — get to the dentist every six months no matter what. And start early.

The good news — some moms have great advice for how to get your kids in the habit of brushing. This mom has it all together starting babies young so it’s second nature to them, and make sure they see you brush. Kids love to imitate. Here’s a link to the best guide on care for newborns to tots.

The bad news  — Last year, the Today ShowHuffington Post and the New York Times reported that cavities among kids ages 2 to 5 were the highest in 40 years.The crisis  hit all income levels, and kids that young have to be sedated for dental care.

Sometimes kids, like my son, have trouble with cavities even if they do everything right. And that makes dental hygiene all the more important. A battery operated toothbrush and flossing were our tools of success.  Here’s a link to a lot of videos that teach parents and kids how to clean teeth.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times andHouse to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

 

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