Drinking water is essential for your child’s overall health. Did you know that it is an important part of their oral health too? If your kids don’t drink enough water, their teeth and gums can pay the price! At Happy Trails Children’s Dentistry we’re here to help! We’re sharing a few reasons why drinking water supports your child’s oral health.
Keeps Teeth Strong
Fluoride is in more than just your toothpaste. It can also be found in tap water too. Fluoride is also known as a ‘natural cavity fighter’. It helps to keep your tooth enamel strong!
Flushes Away Food
When your kids drink water throughout the day, it helps to wash away food particles that may be stuck in their mouths. A buildup of food particles can help foster bacteria, resulting in bad breath or cavities! Drinking water in between brushing is a great way to help keep your child’s mouth clean throughout the day.
The right amount of saliva helps protect and keep your child’s mouth clean. It is your body’s first tool to combat tooth decay. Saliva washes away food particles and helps children swallow. If your child’s mouth is dry, it means their saliva levels are low too. Encouraging them to drink water will help boost their saliva production!
How To Keep Them Hydrated
A hydrated, healthy and happy mouth is the goal. Here are a few tips to try with your kids:
- Give them a fun water bottle with their favourite character on it
- Have a prize for who finishes their water bottle (with refills) for the day
- Drink water before they brush their teeth at night, or after a meal
- Send them to school with a bottle of water instead of a juice drink
Book An Appointment with A Calgary Pediatric Dentist
At Happy Trails Children’s Dentistry, we believe that early preventative care is essential to your child’s healthy smile. Dr. Sam and our team work with families to introduce good habits as soon as possible for a cavity-free future! We also provide you with the tools and resources to establish a lifetime of good oral health and beautiful smiles!
Give our clinic in Calgary a call today to learn more about how we can help your child’s smile!