Children’s Dental Health Month reminds parents that keeping our child’s smile healthy begins with us.
Showing and encouraging our children to develop healthy brushing habits in their earliest years can play a significant role in their ongoing dental health as they progress into adolescence and adulthood.
Avoid Cavities-Keep Your Kids from Spending Unwanted Time in the Dentist Office
The National Education Association reports that American students miss 51 million hours of school each year because of dental problems. Avoid seeing your child in discomfort, and don’t spend your hard earned dollars on outrageous dental expenses.
Follow this step-by-step step Checklist for Each Stage of Your Child’s Dental Health:
Dentegra Smile Club offers steps for you and your child to work on together while developing strong dental hygiene now and for years to come
Step 1- Take charge of your baby’s oral health- During the first years, it’s our responsibility to take on the role of maintaining our children’s oral health.
- Wipe your baby’s teeth and gums after each feeding to prevent decay caused from sugars and acids in milk and juice.
- If your child drinks before bedtime or naps, give him/water instead of milk or juice.
- Make an appointment for your child by his or her first birthday and schedule follow up appointments every six months after.
Step 2- Let Toddlers Try- By age 3, children should be brushing their own teeth with your supervision.
- Use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
- Start flossing your child's teeth daily when all the primary teeth are in or when teeth are touching each other.
- Don’t forget to visit the dentist twice a year.
Step 3- Build a foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits- By age 8, your child should be able to brush and floss along, with occasional checks from you
- Turn brushing and flossing into a twice-a-day routine.
- Make it fun by giving your child a colorful toothbrush and bubble gum-flavored floss.
Step 4- Reinforce the routine- At this stage, it is good for your pre-teen or teenager to have good brushing and flossing habits established, and visits the dentist twice a year.
- It’s a good idea for parents to monitor brushing habits and nutrition
- Encourage the use of mouth guards during sports
- Strongly discourage smoking and piercing of the mouth
*Stay committed to scheduling and keeping regular dental visits for your child to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.