Tooth decay is the number one chronic childhood illness. That, along with dental pain and other related issues, are responsible for over 50 billion missed school hours per year around the globe.

Kids with tooth problems are more susceptible to worse grades because of those missed hours — not to mention, being in orthodontic pain is no fun for kids or their parents!

There are a few things you can do to reinforce good oral hygiene habits in your children, and help them maintain healthy teeth year round.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Choose the right brush: Kids will be more likely to brush properly if it is comfortable in their mouth and hands. Find one that is sized well for their smaller features, and be sure to supervise their brushing until they are around seven- or eight​-years-old. Make sure to also promote flossing and the use of mouthwash on a regular basis. This will help them to establish a good oral health routine that will carry through to the rest of their lives, curbing the risk of anything from cavities to inflammed gums.

Schedule and appointment: Once your child has reached that seven- or eight-year​-old milestone, they are ready to meet with an orthodontist for their initial consultation. This evaluation will help the orthodontist to establish a baseline for treatment and to start following the child's progress of tooth development and alignment, identifying any potential issues early on and helping to nip them in bud with braces, spacers and other work that can help faciltiate strong jawlines and properly aligned teeth.

If you are interested in more information on helping your kids maintain healthy teeth, contact KidsBracesNYC today to schedule an appointment.