01 February . 2017
Children’s Dental Health Month
As parents, we always want what is best for our children, especially when it comes to their health. Creating a foundation of good oral care habits is crucial for your kids to have healthy and vibrant smiles for the future. Estrella is fortunate to have two stellar local dental offices a stone’s throw away from your front door in Mountain Ranch Family Dentistry and Hilgers Pediatric Dentistry. Dental care experts recommend incorporating these four important habits to help keep your child’s smile healthy.
Proper Diet for Oral Health
Avoidance of sugar for dental health is just as important for adults as it is for children. Sweet, sugary foods such as dried fruit, jellies and candy, and starches like breads and crackers are common culprits to tooth deterioration. It can take up to 30 minutes for the mouth to neutralize unhealthy acidity-producing bacteria, reducing the number of sweet snacks is a simple solution to promote healthy dental hygiene.
Make Fluoride Your Friend
Fluoride is vital to the integrity of your children’s teeth. This crucial mineral assists with the prevention of tooth decay by fortifying tooth enamel, making it more resistant to acids and harmful bacteria. Children can receive fluoride from toothpaste, water, supplements (if necessary), or a fluoride varnish that your primary pediatrician or dentist can apply.
Coach Your Child on Proper Brushing Techniques
From the beginning, it is imperative to coach your kids on the right way to clean their teeth. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste, show them how to brush back and forth on the inner surfaces of each tooth first, where plaque is most commonly going to accumulate. Next, brush the outer surface back and forth, finally moving onto brushing the gum line with the toothbrush at an angle. Have fun with your kids to offer a positive association with brushing their teeth and oral hygiene in general!
Visit the Dentist Early and Often
Even before your child has teeth, oral care should be a priority. For infants, you can clean their gums with sterile wet gauze or a wet washcloth. These habits will get your child used to the routine of having their mouth cleaned and getting them well on their way to proper oral hygiene.
Proper dental habits will benefit both you and your child in an infinite amount of ways. For more information on Children’s Dental Health Month, pediatric oral hygiene and fun, interactive coloring and activity sheets for your kids, visit: www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month
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