5 Tips for Children’s Dental Health Month

Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? Keep your child’s smile bright and healthy this month (and all year long!) with these tips for kids dental health.

Use Fluoride

The theme for this year’s kids dental health month is “Choose tap water for a sparkling smile!” Fluoride is added to many tap water sources, because it can reduce cavities by 25%. The ADA recommends using a toothpaste with added fluoride for children.

baby's first teethBrush Twice a Day

Brush your child’s teeth two times every day. Make sure to use a pea sized amount of an ADA approved toothpaste and a soft bristled brush designed for children. Take the time to brush every side of the teeth, just like you do for your own. Once your child is about 6 years old, they should be able to brush their own teeth.

Floss Daily

Help your child learn great dental hygiene habits from the start. Floss their teeth once every day. Flossing helps remove bacteria, food, and plaque in the small spaces between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. Without flossing, your child will develop tartar build up. Once tartar has formed, it can only be removed by a dentist.

Avoid Sugar

Children love sugary snacks and drinks, but they aren’t good for their teeth. Sugar changes the acidity in the mouth for 30 minutes to 1 hour, increasing the risks of tooth decay. This can cause major problems if your child is eating foods with sugar all day long.

Schedule Regular Dental Appointments

Regular visits to the dentist are an important part of dental hygiene at any age. Your child should have their first dental appointment around their first birthday. These dental checkups are a critical part in the prevention and early detection of any dental concerns.

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