Nutrition plays a huge role in how strong your child's teeth and bones form. You can help your kids develop and grow by encouraging healthy foods in their diet. The right foods can help teeth and enamel stay strong and healthy. Here are some common foods that can help with your children's oral health.
Keeping children's brains and bodies safe during sports is a top priority, which is why close attention is paid to helmets and pads. But what about children's mouths? April is National Facial Protection Month, which makes it an excellent time to take steps to protect your kid's mouth from unnecessary injury with an affordable but often overlooked device: the mouth guard.
There are three kinds of mouth guards, but, regardless of type, they help prevent injury to the mouth, teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue. But they are also breeding grounds for bacteria, so they should be sanitized daily.
Mouthguards become highly contaminated with bacteria, yeast and mold
with use and should be sanitized in an antimicrobrial solution between
uses, recommends a new study by researchers at Oklahoma State University.
Mouth guards shold be replaced every 14 days, or earlier if they develop sharp or jagged edges, because they can cause mouth cuts and abrasions which
expose an athlete to an increased risk of bacterial, yeast and fungal infection.
A new survey reveals parents do not take advantage of some
inexpensive protective sports gear, such as mouth guards, in many kids'
sports. Since many oral sports injuries can be prevented by wearing
mouth guards, why aren't more parents and kids getting the message?