National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and we want to remind you that it’s never too early to start caring for your children’s teeth.  Although children’s teeth are not permanent, good dental care is extremely vital to a child’s overall health. Although it is almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in young children.  This can develop anytime after the first tooth comes in around 6 months of age, but parents should begin teaching their children good oral care from the beginning.  We are going to outline a few child dental care tips you may be interested in:

Even before the child has a tooth, the mouth and gums should be wiped down with a damp cloth before feeding.  As soon as a child’s first tooth comes in, it should be brushed.  Many parents incorrectly wait until a few teeth or even a full set comes in before they start brushing.  These habits set the tone for the dental habits of the rest of your child’s life.

2. Bottles and sippy cups should have only water when asleep.

Do you put your child down for a nap or bedtime with a sippy cup full of milk or juice?  If so, you should rethink this habit.  Juice and milk both contain a lot of sugar, and when left on the teeth at night can cause tooth decay.

3. Limit sweets.

Many parents use sweet treats, as a reward for their children, but this is not good for their dental health.  Sugary snacks such as candy, fruit snacks, and sodas can cause tooth decay at an early age.

Some other tips to remember:

  • It is recommended that you wait no longer than your child’s first birthday to make the first dental appointment.

  • A small amount of fluoride toothpaste should be used once your child reached preschool age.

  • You should begin helping your child floss once a day as soon as he or she has two teeth next to each other.


5 Tips For Oral Hygiene

1. Proper Brushing

Bruising your teeth seems like an obvious dental care tip. But did you know that over thirty percent of Americans are not brushing often enough? Brushing twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed is very important to your oral health. Make sure you hold the bristles so they are at a 45-degree angle towards the gum line. Your toothbrush should brush not only the teeth, but the gum line as well. Just be sure not to brush too hard. Use a back-and-forth, up-and-down motion to clean both the outside and inside surfaces of the teeth and gums.

2. Flossing 

Many people brush, but do not floss because they do not think it is important. Flossing can remove small particles that brushing may have missed. Flossing once a day can help break up plaque that may have built up around your gum line. Although it may seem like a nuisance, flossing is very important to your oral hygiene regimen.

3. Don’t Forget Your Tongue

Have you ever noticed a white color to your tongue? That is a sign that you have plaque buildup from not brushing properly. Use a tongue cleaner or just your toothbrush to clean your tongue while your brushing. Neglecting flossing can lead to bad breath and even worse dental health.

4. Visit Your Dentist

It may seem easy to skip seeing the dentist. After all, no one likes the dentist poking and prodding at your mouth. However, visiting the dentist can help catch dental problems early and prevent them from happening in the future.

5.  Limit Sugar Intake

Sugar is a major cause of tooth decay, and it eats away at your enamel and gums. Sugary beverages, such as soda, can also make your white teeth appear discolored.

Follow these five simple tips for better oral health!