This year in celebration of back-to-school, Dr. Allen donated Sonicare toothbrushes to Shepardson Elementary. Kids dental health is very important, even when children still have their “baby” teeth. Taking care of your teeth through brushing and flossing prevents plaque, a thin and clear film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth and builds up if you don’t brush or floss it away. When kids eat, the bacteria goes crazy on any sugar left on their teeth and attack the sugars like ants on breadcrumbs. The bacteria breaks down into acids that wear down enamel and eat away until it forms tiny holes known as cavities.
A build up of plaque can also cause the initial stage of gum disease known as gingivitis, and this will cause gums to be red, swollen, and prone to bleeding when brushing or flossing. If kids don’t brush and floss consistently, it can cause problems with their oral development, even when they still have their primary teeth. Fluoride is also an important part of preventing cavities so make sure your kids use a fluoride toothpaste when they’re old enough to do so, and supervise brushing and flossing until around the age of 7.
We love the Sonicare toothbrush for kids because they come with 2 minute timers to let your children know when the brushing time is up. The Sonicare is also a powerful toothbrush that picks up the slack where your kids may not be able to. The version for kids has a small handle and is easier for children to hold. There are many different brands of electric toothbrushes on the market today, so if Sonicare is out of your budget, you can find many affordable electric toothbrushes under $20.