Wednesday, February 1, 2017

3 Steps to Improve you Child's Dental Health.

February is Children's National Dental Health Month which hosts the perfect opportunity to to focus on the importance of those little mouths.

It's easy to fall under to conception that baby teeth do not matter all that much because they will soon fall out; however, that is far from the truth! The American Dental Association recommends that the first dental visit take place within 6 months after a child's first tooth erupts, or by the age of 1. Not only does this ensure that the child's mouth begins on a healthy journey, it also provides a familiar environment decreasing a potential fear to develop.

Did you know?
  • Tooth Decay is the MOST COMMON childhood disease.
  • 3 out of 5 children are affected by tooth decay.
  • Tooth decay in children is 5 times more common than asthma.
  • 51 MILLION HOURS of school are missed each year due to oral disease.
  • Every $1 spent on oral care prevention can save $8-$50 on emergency and restorative procedures

Here are 3 things you can do to improve your child's dental health.

1.  Limit the amount of sugary candies, drinks, or desserts a day  to 1-2 per day. The number of times sugar is in the mouth as opposed to the quantity is the number one factor in tooth decay.

2.  Help them with brushing.  Focus on where the teeth and gums come together and physically help them with brushing for 2 minutes, twice a day, until the age of 6 to ensure a proper cleaning.

3. Control the time with a sippy cup or bottle. Sipping from a sippy cup or bottle all day continually bathes the teeth in sugar. Limit the use to mealtime and avoid letting your child fall asleep with them.

The great news is tooth decay is almost entirely preventable with proper home care and regular 6 month continuous care visits! If you are looking for a compassionate dentist to provide individual care to your family, call Glacier Dental today, 920.235.3251!

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