February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! Dental hygiene can be a highly underrated aspect of a child’s life. Focusing on great dental health habits and regular dentist visits are easy ways to prevent tooth decay and sickness that set your child up for a life of good dental hygiene. Children’s Campus of Greenville understands the importance of dental health in your child’s overall well-being. We have listed some of the most important facts regarding children’s dental health to help you “brush” up on your dental health knowledge.
Brushing: Begin using toothpaste around the age of 2 to brush your child’s teeth. Since young children tend to swallow toothpaste rather than spitting it out, introduce fluoride toothpaste when your child is old enough not to swallow it. Brushing should occur twice a day.
Use a good technique: Aggressive brushing back and forth can damage the teeth and gums. Tilt the bristles a bit toward the gums and gently brush tiny circles, touching every surface of each tooth. It is recommended to brush for 2 minutes (30 seconds in each quadrant of the mouth).
Flossing: As soon as two teeth start touching each other, begin flossing between them once a day. Eventually,
flossing should gradually increase to twice a day.
Check your water: Determine if your water supply at home is fluoridated. If it is not, talk with your dentist about supplement options.
Avoid sugar: Don’t let your child go to bed with a pacifier or bottle filled with anything but water. If teeth are exposed to sugar-containing fluids for long periods the potential of decay increases. Cut back on sugary snacks. Snacks with sugar every hour mean your child’s mouth is always acid, which will also increase the chances of tooth decay.
Dental visits: Children should begin seeing a dentist by his or her first birthday or within 6 months of when the 1st tooth comes up. After the initial visit, your child should see his or her dentist ideally every 6 months.
Remember to start forming healthy dental habits as soon as possible. The foundation for healthy teeth and gums throughout a child’s life begins in the first two years of life. To learn more about developing healthy habits for your children or how dental hygiene can be taught to your child, contact us at Children’s Campus of Greenville. At Children’s Campus of Greenville, we understand the importance of providing children with the tools and guidance necessary to achieve maximum cognitive, social, emotional, and creative development. We are currently enrolling in the toddler program and look forward to hearing from you! Please call us with questions at (252) 756-8200 or contact us to schedule a tour.