How to Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy During Covid-19
posted: May 11, 2020.
Covid-19 has brought many changes to our daily lives. From work and school closures to face masks and lines to get in stores, social distancing has created a new normal that we are all trying to navigate. Nearly every aspect of day to day living has been impacted- including our “normal” schedules. While most things have changed, there are some things that will never change- like the need for good oral health.
Unfortunately, changes in routine and schedule often impact your child’s teeth. Sleeping in and wearing pajamas all day can make it difficult to remember pesky things like brushing and flossing. More time at home also means more snacking, and not always on nutritious foods. Your Anderson, SC kids dentist is here to help! Follow the easy tips below to keep your child’s teeth healthy during Covid-19:
- Establish a routine. Even if your child sleeps until noon and stays in pajamas all day, create some structure. Make it a habit to brush after they eat breakfast- whatever time that may be.
Ditto for night time. Make sure your child brushes just before bedtime so that sugars don’t sit on their teeth all night. Remember, the bacteria in your mouth feeds on sugars and creates acid which destroys the enamel of the teeth.
- Floss is the boss. It may not be as fun as playing video games, but flossing is necessary for healthy gums and teeth. Floss is designed to remove food and plaque from hard to reach places that your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing also helps prevent bad breath!
- Snack Wisely. Each time you eat or drink something, the bacteria in your mouth feeds on sugars and produces acid. This acid attacks the enamel of the teeth and can eventually break it down. Help your child choose smart snacks, such as nuts, cheeses, fruits and vegetables over candy, sweets, sodas and chips. Discourage constant snacking and sipping on sugary drinks throughout the day.
- Limit Stress and Provide an Outlet. Your children may not handle stress the same way as you do. They may not even know they are stressed about all the changes in their lives. Teeth grinding is a common reaction to stress. Pay attention if your child complains about headaches, sore jaw or tooth pain. This may be a sign that they are clenching or grinding their teeth.
This is a strange time for all of us. Eventually, life will return to a new normal. In the meantime, remember that your teeth are essential and cavities are not taking a break. Bacteria and plaque are still hard at work! Routine dental check-ups and daily oral care are the only ways to keep your child’s smile beautiful.
Call Anderson Pediatric Dentistry today at 864-760-1440 and let us give you Something to Smile About!