From infancy to our elder years, good oral hygiene has a significant effect on the health of our entire body. By beginning routine dental practices from infancy, children grow up with good habits that bring many rewards throughout their lifetime. Children’s Dental Health Month is the perfect time for parents and children to brush up on their dental health knowledge. Here are a few important points to remember:
- Your family dentist is your partner in good health. Make sure to schedule regular checkups as this allows your dentist to perform thorough cleanings as well as thorough exams that can help detect health issues. Remember to ask questions during your visits. Your dentist is a great source of information and can help you establish a proper and enjoyable oral hygiene routine for you and your children.
- One common misconception is that baby teeth are not very important because they eventually fall out and are replaced by adult teeth. As temporary placeholders, baby teeth play an important role in the alignment of permanent teeth. Cavities on baby teeth can affect the gum tissue which can harm future adult teeth. That is why family dentists recommend you start cleaning your baby’s gums with a soft wash cloth and water even before their teeth come in. When the first tooth comes in, use a soft toothbrush and water or non-fluoridated toothpaste. At about age 2 you can begin to use a pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste. It is also important for parents to brush their child’s teeth until the child displays the ability to complete the task on their own.
- Dentists agree that sugary drinks like fruit juices and soft drinks should never be given to young children in bottles or sippy cups. Fruit drinks, like apple and orange juice, contain relatively large amounts of sugar that can lead to tooth decay. You should especially avoid giving your child these drinks at bed time.
Celebrating Children’s Dental Health Month is a great way to involve your family in positive steps towards beautiful, healthy teeth and gums. Children who grow up with good oral habits find that continuing good dental practices as adults comes easily. At South Mississippi Smiles, it is our pleasure to partner with you and help meet your family’s dental needs. Feel free to contact us for an appointment.
South Mississippi Smiles Dentists are MS Licensed General Dentists.