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 should be prevented! Tooth decay is 100 percent preventable 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. A bad experience can stop them from flossing 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 first dental appointment before age 1. Having positive dental experiences early will make dental visits easier and less frightening when older.
We love seeing children in our office, the smiles of little ones always brightens our day. Nothing makes us feel better than knowing we are positively impacting their dental experience and improving their oral health from a young age. When your child begins visiting us before age 1 it greatly helps minimize negative experiences with dentistry. More often than not many parents tell us that visitng us is one of their child’s favorite outings!
Look for us out and about this month as well, in February we spend as much time as possible visiting schools to educate children about great oral health. We also enjoy giving back with our annual “Give Kids a Smile” volunteering where we place dental sealants on third graders permanent molars in Cleveland County to positively improve their dental health.
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!
Thanks for being our valued patients and friends!
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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.