February is National Children's Dental Health MonthWednesday, February 5th, 2014, 7:55 pm
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month so it seems appropriate to post some dental health reminders for parents. Giving children a healthy smile for life begins when they are babies and is one of the best gifts that parents can provide. Did you know that babies aren’t born with the bacteria that causes tooth decay? They get it from their parents!
Here are some tips to ensure that your child avoids tooth decay during childhood.
- Don’t forget oral health care for babies. After feeding use a soft finger cot to wipe down the gums.
- Use a baby toothbrush when that first tooth comes in! There are special toothpastes for infants.
- NEVER put your baby to bed with a bottle. Bathing baby teeth in milk, formula or juice throughout the night will lead to massive decay and probably loss of teeth.
- Don’t allow your toddler constant access to juice or milk in a sippy cup. Same idea as the bottle overnight, teeth can’t survive being constantly bathed in sugars and acids. Put plain water in the sippy cup if needed.
- Take your child to visit the dentist by age one or after the first tooth has appeared. This allows the dentist to make sure there are no developmental problems with the baby teeth that are coming in and gets your child used to dental visits at an early age.
- Schedule cleanings for your child. Many people believe that since baby teeth are going to fall out they don’t need dental care. Baby teeth can get cavities and cause pain just like adult teeth. You can help your child avoid toothache pain.
- As children get older and begin to play sports, make sure they use a mouthguard to protect their teeth.
- Have your child evaluated for orthodontic treatment early. Many years ago braces weren’t put on teeth until kids were in high school. Orthodontic treatment has changed and early intervention using braces can correct problems while the child is still growing.
- If you live in an area that does not have fluoridated water, ask your dentist or pediatrician about fluoride supplements.
- AVOID giving your child soda or sports drinks on a regular basis. These beverages contain high amounts of acids and sugars and will destroy tooth enamel.
Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to ask any questions about your child’s oral health or to schedule a visit. We look forward to hearing from you.