THE CDC REPORTS THAT 1 in 5 children (between ages 5 and 11) in the US have untreated tooth decay. Not only should tooth decay be treated in regular dental appointments, it should be prevented! Tooth decay is 100 percent preventable with effective personal care and regular dental cleanings.
In honor of Children’s Dental Health Month, we’re spreading the word about children’s dental health.
YOU Can Help Little Ones Have Healthier Smiles!
- Encourage them to brush for two full minutes: Pick a song about two minutes long and sing it to them during brushing time.
- Set reminders to brush twice a day: Brushing after breakfast and just before bed are the best times for preventing bacteria growth from food.
- Show them flossing is fun, not harmful: Be gentle at first when doing it for them. A bad experience can stop them from flossing on their own.
- Be persistent: Don’t let fussy children off the hook. Be motivating! Kids may gladly brush for a sticker or star if you make it an activity.
- Set their first dental appointment around age 1: Having positive dental experiences early will make dental visits easier and less frightening when older.
and we are passionate about educating kids and their parents about proper oral care. We want the kids in our community to have strong healthy teeth and mouths for a lifetime.
Countless studies have shown that children pick up their oral habits early and that they are hard to break. Kids are important to us. Our goal is to educate kids and their parents about the importance of proper oral care. We want the kids in our community to have strong healthy teeth and mouths for a lifetime.
In 2003, the BC Dental Association launched a campaign recommending children visit the dentist 6 months after their first tooth or at one year of age. Since this campaign we have been offering complimentary orientation visits at our office for kids under the age of three. This visit includes an exam by one of our Dentists, a ride in the chair and a show-n-tell of our tickle tooth brush and vacuum as well as a “baby bag” of goodies to help care for your child’s teeth.
Help Us Spread The Word!
Share this message with your friends and family, and especially with the children in your life. If you have any questions about children’s dental health, don’t hesitate to ask us!