Teach your children to have better dental health during National Children’s Dental Health month! When youngsters don’t brush their teeth, they end up with Monster Mouth — gum disease, toothaches and cavities. So the American Dental Association is encouraging dental offices across the United States to help children defeat plaque and all of its evil consequences during the month of February.
“Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile.” This is the slogan for the national dental campaign to promote daily oral care. The earlier children are educated about the benefits of good oral hygiene, the better! Young people (and adults) who brush and floss daily and properly seldom get cavities or gum disease, enjoying better health and decreasing the chances of other oral complications. The loss of adult teeth is completely avoidable with good oral care at home.
What Should Parents Do
Begin by setting a good example and take care of your own mouth. Make a habit of visiting the dentist twice a year. Care for your baby’s teeth as soon as they erupt by wiping them with a clean soft cloth each day before bedtime. Baby teeth need daily care too! Do not allow your baby to fall asleep with their bottle, or offer only water at bedtime, to prevent “baby bottle mouth.” Incorporate oral care into their bedtime routine by offering a baby toothbrush for little ones to chew on so they are familiar with how it feels. Introduce a dab of children’s fluoride toothpaste on the brush at two years old to strengthen baby teeth.
By making dental care enjoyable, you increase the chances of success. Oral care battles are avoidable by having a positive attitude. Brush and floss with your children every day. Some parents may feel that since baby teeth eventually fall out and are replaced with “permanent” teeth, it’s pointless to take care of baby teeth. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Our Littleton family dentists want parents and children to avoid the pain and extra cost the comes from bad habits started early in life.
Schedule Your Child’s First Dental Visit at Colorado Dental Arts
To establish healthy habits, schedule your child’s first dental visit between one and two years old. The visit may be short, but it is still important. It helps your little one feel comfortable with having their mouth checked. Our dental team’s positive and friendly manner is sure to put your children at ease, while we show them the tools we use to keep little mouths clean and healthy! Our Littleton family dental office also provides parents with practical help for the entire family, no matter what their age. Oral health is especially important as children become teenagers. Around this age, sugar consumption and snacking increases along with the incidence of cavities and gum disease.
For more information about family dentistry, National Children’s Dental Health Month and caring for your teeth, contact Colorado Dental Arts today!