You love your kids more than anything in the world … but you also know that they don’t always do the things that they should. At least, they don’t always do things in the way that you would like them to be done.
That’s true of how many kids clean their rooms, how they deal with dirty laundry, and (unfortunately) how they take care of their teeth.
Since February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, we thought this would be a good time to discuss ways to encourage good oral health habits. As a family dental practice, we hope that will include regular visits to see us at our office in Marietta, GA.
To make an appointment, just call Atlanta West Dentistry at 770-744-4619.
Lay A Foundation For Good Oral Health
According to the National Institutes of Health, 42 percent of kids will have at least one cavity by their 11th birthday. The Centers for Disease Controls estimates that 1 in 5 kids between the ages of 5 and 11 had an untreated cavity right now.
To help prevent this for your family, you can and should encourage your family’s to keep their mouths healthy as soon as possible.
In fact, you can start doing this even before your children have their first tooth. Using a moist cloth, wipe their gums gently after feedings.
When that first tooth does come in, you can use a child-sized toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) to clean it. Continue wiping their gums as well. As more teeth come in, you can add gentle flossing to the routine as well.
As your kids get older, you will want to teach them to brush and floss on their own. A great way to do this is by example. If you can brush and floss at the same time as your kids, you can show them the right way to clean their mouths.
That includes using a toothbrush with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to clean their teeth on all sides. You should brush for two minutes twice daily. You also should floss between your teeth and gums at least once per day.
Make Dental Visits Part Of Your Family’s Routine
It would hard to overstate the value of regular dental visits. During regular dental cleanings and exams, our team of professionals will be removing plaque and tartar and, by doing so, prevent decay before it starts. If your children already have decay, routine checks make it more likely that we’ll catch the problem early. That makes treatment easier and less expensive.
We also offer some other important services that can further reduce your kids’ risk of cavities and tooth infections:
- Dental Sealants — This is a coating that covers teeth without affecting their function. Having sealants makes it harder for bacteria to damage teeth.
- Fluoride Treatments — Fluoride is a mineral that makes teeth stronger and more resistant to cavities.
Visit Us Soon
We welcome kids to visit Atlanta West Dentistry around the time they turn 3 years old. Our hope is to make their first visit a happy visit. We want them to know that our team cares about them and their smiles.