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Taking care of our children’s teeth is of paramount importance. Set your kids up with good habits when they are young, and they will be more likely to follow these good habits when they are older. In honor of the ADA’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, we thought we would reiterate the importance of instilling good dental habits not only in children, but in their parents, caregivers, and teachers as well. Strong dental hygiene in Studio City starts in our youth.
The hardest part about instilling good dental hygiene in your kids is not being able to communicate to them just how important it is. For small kids, oral health worksheets and games can be found on MouthHealthy.org. There’s a plethora of age-appropriate activities, videos, and games to help them understand the importance of good dental hygiene.
Of course, the best source of information is your own dentist. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says kids should have their first dental appointment within about 6 months of the appearance of their first tooth or by the time they turn one.
When that happens, contact us at 818-762-2977 to make an appointment.
Baby teeth are important because they save space for your child’s permanent teeth. Your child will have their baby teeth until between the ages of 8 and 10. Although they are not permanent, your child’s baby teeth serve an important role. Healthy baby teeth are needed to learn how to speak, chew, and smile properly. As importantly, unhealthy baby teeth can lead to oral infections that can cause health problems. The bacteria can also spread to the new adult teeth beneath.
Daily brushing is important, but don’t forget to emphasize the importance of flossing too. This will get in between the teeth to reach places the toothbrush can’t. Show them how to brush and floss properly. In fact, make it a nightly routine!
Don’t let your baby sleep with a bottle, either. A huge oral health risk for babies is from so-called baby bottle tooth decay. All that sugary liquid and bacteria is allowed to sit in their mouths, which produces acid and attacks the enamel. Continued exposure will lead to decay. And it’s not just formula and milk – it’s also bottles filled with fruit juice, soda, and all sweetened drinks. If your child is soothed by a bottle at nighttime, make sure to fill it with plain water.
Remember, one in five kids between the ages of 5 and 11 has at least one untreated decaying tooth, according to the CDC. Parents, teachers, and caregivers: do your part and instill good oral health habits. Start by celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month!
To ask questions about your child’s dental care or to schedule their six-month visit, contact us at 818-762-2977.