8 Ways to Improve Oral Health at Home

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1. POSITIVE REINFORCEMENTS MAKE BRUSHING FUN

Encourage your child to brush their teeth by making it a rewarding experience. Keep track of your child’s brushing habits throughout the week. Make sure to tell them “good job” after each time they brush. Get them excited about showing you their teeth by asking to see their bright white smile. If you are excited, your child will be excited too!

2. MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR

Brush your teeth with your children. Let them see you taking care of your smile. Children are more likely to follow healthy habits when they see their parents practicing healthy habits as well.

3. ENCOURAGE HEALTHY CHOICES

Don’t just teach your kids to brush their teeth, also teach them the importance of healthy eating.

4. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER DAILY

Stay hydrated, and drink the recommended amount of water each day.

5. EAT FIBER-RICH RAW FOODS

These massage gums and help clean teeth as you chew. They also increase salivation, which neutralizes acids and alkalis within the mouth. Foods that are fiber-rich include apples, carrots and cucumbers.

6. EAT OR DRINK CALCIUM RICH FOODS

Calcium helps to strengthen teeth and bones and is essential for growing children. Foods high in calcium include milk, cheese and yogurt.

7. SNACK ON NUTS

Nuts are rich in calcium, magnesium and phosphate, which are important nutrients for dental health. Great nuts to snack on include cashews, peanuts, almonds and walnuts.

8. BRUSH YOUR TEETH AFTER EATING MEAT

If meat fibers stuck in your teeth are left overnight, they can putrefy and release acids that will cause tooth decay.