Our kids’ smiles mean the world to us. And one of the most important ways we can keep our kids smiling is by prioritizing their oral health from a young age.
Caries, more commonly known as cavities or tooth decay, is one of the most common—yet preventable—childhood diseases. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 20% of kids between ages 2 and 5 have one or more cavities. By age 8 that number grows to more than 52%.
“The rampant prevalence of cavities in early childhood, along with the development of periodontal disease (gum disease) in the majority of kids by age 17, is a serious public health concern,” says Dr. Mark L. Cannon, DDS, MS and Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.
It’s a battle of bacteria
There are more than 700 bacterial species in our mouth. Some are beneficial, but others are pathogenic, leading to oral-health issues like bad breath, discolored teeth, cavities and gum disease.
Brushing and flossing daily are important tools to help parents and kids fight bad bacteria. But most young children are not adept at brushing properly, and some resist brushing their teeth altogether.
We know it can feel like pulling teeth to get your child to brush. And while many kids struggle to keep up their oral hygiene, they jump at any opportunity to indulge in things that taste good.
What if there was a delicious way to get your children excited about maintaining good oral health? The good news: There is. I recommend using ProBioraKids®: a kid-approved, orange creamsicle-flavored, oral-care probiotic. It’s easy to use, gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly, with absolutely no artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors. Kids can simply dissolve or chew one ProBioraKids at night after brushing and flossing (it’s that easy). Plus: It’s even safe to use with orthodontic appliances, which are playgrounds for bad bacteria.
Easy Addition to Improve Your Child’s Daily Oral-Care Routine
“Adding an oral-care probiotic into your child’s daily oral-care routine is one of the most effective, preventative measures parents can take to help support their kids’ oral health, helping to crowd out the harmful bacteria that cause bad breath, cavities and more,” says Dr. Cannon.
ProBioraKids works by adding back in a proprietary blend of the good bacteria naturally found in the mouth. This helps to crowd out the bad bacteria that prey on our mouths, including where brushing and flossing can’t reach. It also restores the mouth’s natural balance, as beneficial bacteria are essential to support strong tooth and gum health.
With one easy step, parents can improve and optimize their kids’ oral-care routine. Brush. Floss. ProBioraKids. More information can be found at www.probiorahealth.com/kids. ProBiora Health’s full line of oral-care probiotics can be purchased www.probiorahealth.com or Amazon.
*Presented by ProBiora Health | Originally published in June 2022