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.

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