When your child gets their first tooth, it’s a joyous, celebratory milestone. That first tooth and the many to follow will become a vital necessity for their life, which is why it is so important to care for them properly.
In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the American Dental Association has launched their “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile” campaign. Unbeknownst to many parents, tooth decay is rising among young children. According to the CDC, tooth decay affects children in the U.S. more than any infectious disease.
The good news is that tooth decay is completely preventable. Here are a few tips from the American Dental Association to help protect your child’s teeth:
1. Choose Tap Water. In order to have the best chance of fighting tooth decay, kids should drink and brush with tap water. Tap water contains fluoride which strengthens the enamel on our teeth. It also doesn’t hurt that this is the most cost-effective way to care for your kids’ teeth!
2.Start Brushing Your Child’s Teeth as Soon as They Come In. When that first tooth comes in, it is immediately susceptible to tooth decay. If left untreated, tooth decay in baby teeth can also lead to tooth decay in permanent teeth.
3. Be aware of other waters. Bottled, distilled, and filtered water all have the potential to lack in fluoride. When using these types of water, be sure to do your research on which brands allow for fluoride to still be present.
Tooth decay is something that you should not have to worry about in your kids, and thanks to tap water you won’t have to! To read more about National Children’s Health Month and print out some fun free activities for your kids, visit the American Dental Association.
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