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. Also, avoid sharing any negative experience you may have heard or had when you were young. Positive and motivating encouragement works better than scare tactics any day!
- Make sure they visit the dentist at least twice a year: Regular visits to the dentist are equally important for your young ones. “Baby teeth” are just as important as “adult teeth.” Did you know that undetected cavities on baby teeth can lead to infection which could permanently damage the underlying “adult tooth?” Also, “adult teeth” first start to come in at around age 6; so it’s important we take good care of them!
We at Avant Dentistry want our younger patients to have as equally healthy mouths as our adults patients. Adopting earlier healthy oral hygiene habits increases our young patients’ chances for less dental problems as adults; why not set them up for success now!?!
Help Us Spread The Word!
Share this message with your friends and family, and especially with the children in your life. Although February is officially Children’s Dental Health month, it is equally important throughout the entire year! If you have any questions about children’s dental health, don’t hesitate to ask us!
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