Great news! 50% of school kids in America have NEVER had a cavity. That’s not a bad start for every kid and pediatric dentist. If you’re one of those who brushes and flosses every day and sees your dentist twice a year, keep up the great work!
Here’s some bad news: 25% of school kids have 80% of the cavities. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, if you start having cavities, you’re likely to have more. Why is that?
Partly, it’s environment. 30% of American communities don’t fluoridate their water. If you emigrated from a part of the world where they don’t take dental care seriously, you might not have gotten the message about how important brushing and flossing daily is.
And that’s the big thing right there. If you haven’t given yourself the brushing-and-flossing habit, if you only brush and floss occasionally, you’re more likely to get cavities. And if you keep not brushing and flossing, you’ll get more cavities. That means pain, lots of visits to doctors, and ugly teeth.
Luckily, you and your parents know the importance of keeping your teeth healthy. Giving yourself the habit of brushing and flossing daily is easy. Just be sure to do it every day and eventually you’ll start to do it automatically. Even if you’ve had a cavity, it’s not too late to make sure you don’t get any more. If you have trouble remembering, ask your parents for help. You can get a calendar for your wall and put a sticker on every day you brush your teeth. Or you can set an alarm for when it’s time to brush. You can even brush with your parents, keeping the whole family’s smiles healthy together.
More important than diet or fluoride in your water or where you’re from are the good habits you’re making today. Every time you brush and floss, you’re making your teeth stronger and keeping them stronger for longer. You’re doing just a little more to have a healthy, strong body. It may seem like a little thing, but little things can add up to big benefits over time. Keep it up!