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Reasons to Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month

February 6, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 12:55 pm
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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Dental Association to raise awareness about children’s oral health. Baby teeth, though temporary, play a crucial role in your child’s development. Surprisingly, over 50% of children will have at least one cavity, a rate higher than childhood asthma. Yet, tooth decay is mostly preventable. Start your child’s oral hygiene routine early to protect their smile.

Oral Hygiene for Babies

Start caring for your baby’s oral health early by wiping their gums twice daily with a soft, clean cloth. This helps remove bacteria and sugars that can cause decay. Once their baby teeth come in, use a soft-bristled toothbrush with plain water twice daily. Ensure the toothbrush is the right size and has the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance.

Ensure your child has their first dental checkup before turning one year old. Regular dental visits help them become familiar with the dental team, making future appointments easier. Plus, it allows the dentist to track their smile’s development and address any concerns promptly.

Oral Hygiene for Young Children

Monitor your child’s brushing routine as their baby teeth continue to emerge. They should brush for two minutes, twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Around age six, their baby teeth will start to fall out, making way for adult teeth. With the new teeth, it’s essential to introduce daily flossing to ensure optimal oral hygiene.

Continue scheduling your child’s dental appointments every six months for cleanings and checkups. These visits provide opportunities for cavity-prevention treatments such as dental sealants and fluoride varnish.

Around the age of 6 or 7, consider scheduling an orthodontic consultation to address any potential bite or alignment issues early on. Early orthodontic intervention can prevent the development of more significant problems, reducing the need for extensive dental procedures in the future.

Promote a Cavity-Free Smile

In addition to maintaining good oral hygiene and attending regular dental checkups, you can help prevent cavities in your child by limiting their consumption of sugary foods and drinks. Instead, encourage the consumption of low-fat dairy products to promote strong teeth and bones. Providing a diverse range of nutritious foods will also contribute to overall oral and physical health.

Ensure your child’s smile stays bright and healthy by implementing these simple tips. By prioritizing their oral health from a young age, you’re setting them up for a lifetime of healthy smiles!

About Dr. Isabel Biernacki

At Orenco for Kids Dentistry, our mission is to transform dental visits into positive experiences. Dr. Michael C. Royse and Dr. Andrea Beltzner specialize in providing gentle care that eases even the most anxious patients. They take pride in ensuring every visit leaves patients with a bright smile. As advocates for Children’s Dental Health Month, they offer valuable insights to maintain your child’s oral health year-round. If you’re seeking guidance or wish to schedule an appointment with Dr. Royse or Dr. Beltzner, visit the Orenco for Kids Dentistry website or call them at (503) 640-6565.

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