February kicks off Children’s Dental Health Month and here at Dr. Randy’s office, we are so excited for all the great tips, helpful ideas, and innovative ideas that come our way! We love being able to help our patients (and their parents!) turn ordinary brushing and flossing into fun-filled adventures!
This year will be nothing short of amazing!
Prevention! Prevention! Prevention!
So it begins with a little thing called prevention! Something we can’t state often enough! Don’t get us wrong, we love seeing our patients, but, we love to see them when they’re sporting a cavity-free smile even more!
There are many things we as parents can do to help our little ones learn the tips they will need for a long life of a healthy mouth!
Here are just a few things in the prevention corner that will have lasting oral health benefits for your kids and your pocketbook!
Diet – This is a HUGE one!
Sugar isn’t the only thing that causes cavities, contrary to popular belief. Kimberly A. Harms, DDS, an American Dental Association states that “the truth is, acid produced by bacteria in your mouth is the cause of cavities.” Any carb your child eats can start that process. This includes sugar as well as breads, fruits vegetables, rice, potatoes, etc.
Obviously, we can’t avoid eating all of these things as there are some that are actually good for us (sorry, not the sugar one) so the key is to make sure that your child is brushing twice a day, ideally. We would like to see them brushing after every meal, but we also understand that 9 out of 10 times that’s just not feasible; so we’ll settle for at least twice a day. 🙂
Regular Checkups and Cleanings
It’s important that you are cleaning your baby’s mouth and gums before you ever being to see signs that a tooth is coming thru. Parents.com offer seven tips on caring for your baby’s mouth, before those teeth begin to come in and why it’s important to do so.
Once the teeth have begun to come in, or by their first birthday, we recommend they come to see us! Maintaining a regular checkup/cleaning schedule is the best way to keep your child’s oral health on track.
It is during those regular checkups and cleanings that your children will gain the knowledge of proper brushing and flossing techniques, as well as helpful tips and tricks to make the process fun!
We Love What We Do!
Treating children is what I love to do, and so does my team! Teaching kids the value of a healthy mouth is something they will carry with them for a lifetime and I love being a part of that!
Our office can help you with any questions you may have and you can rest assured that you’ll be speaking to someone that cares about your child’s oral health nearly as much as you do!
~ Dr. Randy