February is National Children’s Dental Health month and the team at Crown Dental encourages you to celebrate! The month-long national health observance was started by the ADA and serves to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, and teachers.
In honor of Children’s Dental Health Month, let’s brush up on some children’s oral health tips–pun intended!
When should my child first see a dentist?
The simplest answer is that it’s never too early to start focusing on your child’s oral health! The American Association of Pediatric Dentists recommends children have an established dental home by the time their first tooth comes in or first birthday–whichever comes first.
This will give parents the opportunity to ask questions or address any dental concerns so they can be better prepared to help optimize the oral health of their children.
What is the purpose of baby teeth?
Baby teeth help save space for permanent teeth in a child’s mouth. They typically will last in a child’s mouth for 8-10 years and can have an impact on their speaking, chewing, and smiling. Baby teeth are also a prime indicator of a child’s overall health.
Did you know?
Early childhood tooth decay is now one of the most common chronic childhood diseases. According to the ADA, over 40% of children experience tooth decay before they reach Kindergarten. To prevent this from happening it is crucial that you make sure your children are getting regular dental examinations, as well as brushing their teeth daily.
Tips for Optimal Oral Health
- Schedule routine check ups–typically every six months apart
- Clean your baby’s gums daily
- Start brushing your child’s teeth after the first tooth comes in
- Brush twice each day for at least 2 minutes
- Once your child’s teeth touch, begin flossing in between them
- Ditch those sugar-filled snacks and choose more health options! Not only is it better for your overall health, but it’s especially great at keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
- Stay hydrated!
- Replace your child’s toothbrush every three to four months.
At Crown Dental, we promise to take great care of your little ones! If your baby has just started getting teeth in or even if you’re a bit late to the game, make an appointment with us today!