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February is Children’s Dental Health Month

Posted on 2/16/2018 by Dr. Cheryl Freeman
If you have children, I hope you know just how important their dental health is to their well-being. Tooth decay is preventable but unfortunately one of the most common childhood diseases. According to the Center for Disease Control and prevention, 20% of children age 5 to 11 have at least one untreated decayed tooth. Tooth decay is not only painful for a child but it can lead to problems with childhood development.

So here are some tips to help your child get off to a great start with good oral health:

For Babies and Toddlers:
•  Keep your baby’s mouth healthy by wiping away food after every feeding using a soft wet cloth
•  Fill bottles and cups with water for between meal drinks for you little ones
•  Avoid sugary drinks, especially sipping them during the day as this increases the chance of decay
•  Pacifiers after age 4 can affect alignment of permanent teeth
•  When you see 2 teeth are touching, it’s time to start flossing your child’s teeth – floss holders are helpful
•  Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for toddler’s teeth
•  Teach your kids to brush for 2 minutes with the help of a kitchen timer

For Preschoolers and up:
•  Crunchy foods like carrot sticks and apples help naturally clean your teeth
•  Drink milk to get plenty of calcium
•  Snacks of cheese and raw vegetables are tooth-friendly
•  Vitamin C-rich foods help keep gums healthy
•  Limit eating sticky foods, they increase the risk of decay
•  If there is no time for brushing, rinsing with water after meals will help remove food
•  Avoid sugary drinks. Sipping them during the day increases the chance of tooth decay
•  An electric toothbrush or Spinbrush makes it fun and easy for kids to do a good job brushing
•  Set a good example by brushing twice a day and flossing daily yourself

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