Parents need to encourage their children to practice proper dental care, so that they will develop good habits that may last for the rest of their lives. Along with teaching kids how to brush, floss and use mouthwash regularly, it's important that parents buy dental health products that are safe for their children.
For example, parents may want to consider buying mouthwash and other products that do not contain alcohol. Some oral health professionals state that alcohol acts primarily as a masking agent and may actually make a person's breath worse by causing dry mouth.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that tooth decay affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease. The organization recommends that parents get their children toothpaste that contains fluoride to protect their teeth.
"Children should also be warned about how poor oral care can contribute to unwanted and unpleasant health issues, such as gingivitis, loss of teeth and halitosis," said Harold Katz, D.D.S.
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