Keep your child’s teeth healthy and sparkling
Dr. Brian Galbraith has owned and operated Sun Valley Dental Group in Ketchum since moving his family, cosmetic and surgical dental practice to the Valley in 2005. He shares some healthy teeth tips.
Brush Your Teeth!
Brushing regularly is obviously important, so choosing a good toothbrush and toothpaste is vital. "My favorite toothbrush for kids is the Sonicare For Kids rechargeable, ultrasonic toothbrush," says Dr. Galbraith. "The kids I see using this toothbrush have much healthier teeth and gums at their checkups."
Remember to Floss!
The trick to getting kids to floss is giving them a system they can easily learn how to use. Try the Oral-B Pro Health for Me Floss Picks, which can be used one-handed, are very affordable and are even great for parents who floss their toddlers’ teeth. Make sure you “pop and rub both sides” of each tooth for maximum flossing effectiveness.
A healthy, well-balanced diet low in simple sugar can make the difference between a healthy checkup and a mouthful of cavities. A simple rule to help kids learn how to choose healthy, sweet foods says Dr. Galbraith: “If it grows on a tree, it’s fine with me.” Adequate hydration and other healthy foods, like vegetables, also help keep cavities away.
Plaque left on any tooth surface can cause permanent damage within 24 hours. Brush at night and in the morning and remember to schedule regular visits to your dental hygienist for thorough, professional cleanings.
Seal the Deal!
Dental sealants offer easy, early protection against the most common type of tooth decay in children—pit and fissure decay. " I recommend them for all children between the ages of 6 and 18 years," says Dr. Galbraith, citing studies that show that when sealants are properly applied within the first six months after a new tooth comes in, the rate of tooth decay (read: your dental bill) can go down by more than 70%. -360° staff