Learn the Benefits of a Healthy Smile During Children's Dental Health Month
The American Dental Association is proud to observe National Children’s Dental Health Month in February. This country-wide campaign highlights the importance of dental health in children. At MINT dentistry, we understand that people who establish good oral health habits at a young age have far fewer dental problems in adulthood. They also maintain a positive self-image about their smiles. Parents should play a significant role in establishing proper dental care that lasts a lifetime.
Learn how to take care of your teeth at home by reading below or scheduling an appointment in Dallas or Houston, TX. We provide education and resources about dentistry for kids so parents can keep their child’s smile on track.
Why children’s dental health is important
Some parents do not consider taking care of their children’s baby teeth because they eventually fall away to make room for permanent teeth. However, baby teeth have a big impact on your overall oral health. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay is one of the most preventable diseases in children.
Because baby teeth are softer and more delicate, untreated cavities reach the nerve of the tooth faster than adult teeth. Cavities could lead to pain that prevents your child from biting down comfortably or eating their favorite foods. Advanced decay could lead to speech impediments and issues that require extensive dental work later in life.
How to begin healthy dental habits
Healthy dental habits begin when the baby teeth erupt from the gums. Sugary liquids and foods can still cause tooth decay at this age, so parents should clean baby teeth after feeding. As your child grows, you can teach them how to use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. If you notice a cavity or signs of decay, contact MINT dentistry in Dallas or Houston, TX.
Here is some advice on how to take care of your child’s teeth during National Children’s Dental Health Month and beyond:
Brush each individual tooth using a back and forth motion
Gently brush around the gums
Use dental floss to get in between each tooth
Rinse your mouth to clean away any loose food particles
When to visit the dentist
It is recommended that you bring your child in for their first dentist appointment around his or her first birthday. The earlier your visit, the more likely a professional dentist can catch problems before they become serious. MINT dentistry takes every precaution to ensure your child feels comfortable and at ease during this visit. Our office may recommend fluoride toothpaste or similar strategies to keep their teeth healthy and prevent future cavities.
Comprehensive dentistry for kids
MINT dentistry is one of the most advanced pediatric dental practices in Dallas and Houston, TX. All of our specialists are trained to provide comprehensive dentistry for kids while establishing healthy habits that last a lifetime. During National Children’s Dental Health Month, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule your first dental appointment. We can show you the proper techniques on how to take care of your teeth and more.