Children's Dental Health Month

 

February is National Children's Dental Health Month. We encourage caregivers to help children develop healthy habits at an early age and set a great example! Baby teeth play a large role in helping your child chew and bite, as well as develop proper speech. Making choices for healthy snacks, food and drinks can decrease the chances of developing decay (cavities). Cavities should be treated on young children to prevent further infection, and premature lose of teeth. Baby teeth (primary teeth) should be kept in place until proper eruption of the permanent teeth.  Children dental appointments are very similar to adult visits, examination by the doctor is completed with necessary x-rays to evaluate for decay. Cleaning of teeth typically occurs by a dental hygienist with polishing teeth, removing plaque, flossing, dental education to parent and child, and fluoride treatment. 

Facts about children’s dental health:

  • Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease

  • 3 out of every 5 children are affected by decay

  • Begin brushing your child’s teeth at the sight of their first tooth, use a smear of fluoridated toothpaste under the age of 2.

  • Bring your child in for an exam, happy visit, before the age 2.

  • Brush your child’s teeth 2min, 2x per day

  • Floss daily!