THE CDC REPORTS THAT 1 in 5 children (between ages 5 and 11) in the US have untreated tooth decay. Not only should tooth decay be treated in regular dental appointments, it can be prevented with effective personal care and regular dental cleanings.
In honor of Children’s Dental Health Month, we’re spreading the word about children’s dental health.
YOU Can Help Little Ones Have Healthier Smiles!
- Encourage them to brush for two full minutes: Pick a song about two minutes long and sing it to them during brushing time.
- Set reminders to brush twice a day: Brushing after breakfast and just before bed are the best times for preventing bacteria growth from food.
- Show them flossing is fun, not harmful: Be gentle at first when doing it for them. Children floss holders are also helpful for children to get into the habit. Remember, a bad experience can stop them from doing it on their own.
- Be persistent: Don’t let fussy children off the hook. Be motivating! Kids may gladly brush for a sticker or star if you make it an activity.
- Set their 1st dental appointment at a young age: We recommend before age 3: Having early experiences will make dental visits easier and less frightening when older.
If you are having your child be seen by a child specialist (pedodontist) that is great until they loose all their “milk” teeth. Adult teeth can have adult problems so by age 12-13 you need to consider to move them on to an adult (general) dentist. In our office, we spend an hour with each patient not only to clean their teeth but we emphasize proper brushing and flossing techniques. We all wear magnifying loops and look at their mouths with an intraoral camera to find hidden problems. Most importantly, we set goals for them so they do not have dental problems as they get older.
Help Us Spread The Word!
Share this message with your friends and family, and especially with the children in your life. If you have any questions about children’s dental health, don’t hesitate to ask us!