While helping your children take care of their teeth is important, it’s also important to remember that you also want to help instill good dental hygiene habits that will carry with them through adulthood. Helping your children learn to care for their teeth does not have to be a painful process. Here are three quick and easy tips to help your kids take care of their teeth.

1. Make going to the dentist fun

Fear of going to the dentist makes millions of Americans forego good dental care annually. Pediatric dentistry has come a long way and the dentists at Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County can do a great deal to make going to the dentist a pleasant experience. When you pair going to the dentist with a special treat or fun outing, what you are doing is associating a trip to the dentist with something exciting. If your child has a negative experience at the dentist, but that experience is followed up by a trip to the zoo or place they enjoy, in later years they are likely to remember the trip to the zoo rather than the negative experience.

2. The best snacks also make the best toothbrush

Crunchy foods like carrots, apples and celery act as natural toothbrushes that not only scrub your teeth clean but can actually reduce stubborn stains over time. Also, apples are slightly acidic, which also helps to clean, whiten and brighten teeth as well.

3. Chew gum

One of the biggest enemies of good oral health is bacteria. Bacteria can cause a wide range of problems from gum disease to tooth decay. Rinsing your mouth out after eating with an anti-bacterial rinse is best, but saliva can also act as a natural mouthwash that washes away bacteria and even neutralizes acid. Giving your child a stick of sugar-free gum after a meal will help increase the production of saliva and help prevent bacteria from forming. This simple habit can go a long way towards helping promote good oral health.

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