Parents usually know what’s best for their kids when it comes to dental care: limit sugar, make sure they brush and floss regularly, and take them to Crabtree Dental in Katy for twice-yearly pediatric dentistry exams.
They also know to discourage between-meal snacking, see that their kids get enough calcium and Vitamin D, and so on. Many also give their kids fluoride supplements if their municipal water supply has an inadequate level.
Is there anything else a concerned parent can do to promote children’s oral health? Yes! Have children use an oral rinse with fluoride.
Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but fluoride rinses help teeth that have already come in. A fluoride rinse is an added measure of protection.
We recommend children use an oral rinse after they brush and floss. They should swish it around for thirty seconds or so, and then spit it out. This should be the last substance in their mouth before they go to bed. The fluoride will remain on the teeth and help prevent new cavities from forming. It can also help stop any demineralization that has already begun by accumulating in the tiny fissures and fortifying the enamel.
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