School age children begin to spend more time away from their parents-after school activities, sports, and friends. This is the time parents begin to lose control of their eating habits. If parents have instilled healthy habits, children will carry these through and continue to make good food/drink choices when away. The biggest insult on kids’ teeth today is the sport and energy drinks, pop, and juices. Not only does the sugar cause cavities, but the citric and phosphoric acid, and carbonation erode the enamel off the teeth. Of course we all have junk food, but it is consuming them in moderation is the lesson to be taught.
A big mistake that parents make is thinking their child is responsible or coordinated enough to thoroughly brush all surfaces of all teeth. They are not! From the ages of 5-8 years old, they should be brushing on their own and parents should be following up on areas that were missed. From 9-12 years old, parents should be checking periodically the thoroughness of brushing and should send a child back to brushing if done poorly. Any type of coloring mouth rinse or tablets to assess the brushing is helpful. This can be used as a check system after brushing or a teaching aide before brushing. Remember good habits in the toddler years will carry over into the school age years if parents continue to enforce them. Don’t get lazy!
Dr. Stephanie Litz,
DDS, MSD, PC
124 North Indiana St.,
Mooresville IN 46158
P: (317) 831-3370
F: (317) 834-6704
F: (317) 834-6704
I was born with a cleft lip and palate. As a child, I spent at least one week per year in the hospital for surgery related to my cleft. At ten years old, I decided I wanted to be a pediatric doctor.
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