8 Toothy Tips for National Children’s Dental Health Month
The aim of Children’s Dental Health Month is to raise awareness about the importance of children’s dental health. Developing good dental hygiene habits when we are kids and keeping up with regular visits to the dentist helps our children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. The most important preventive step against childhood periodontal disease is to establish good oral health habits at an early age, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. (https://www.perio.org/search/site/children)
Here are some basic preventive steps to help our children maintain optimal dental health:
1. Brush for two minutes, 2 times per day…with our kids.
2. Show them how to clean between teeth…FLOSS!
3. Limit sugary snacks and drinks between meals, eat healthy.
4. See the dentist regularly for family checkups and ask them about sealants and fluoride.
5. Establish good dental hygiene habits early. When your child is 12 months old, you can begin using toothpaste when brushing his or her teeth.
6. When the gaps between children’s teeth close, it’s important to start flossing.
7. Serve as a good role model by practicing good dental hygiene habits ourselves.
8. Check our child’s mouth for the signs of periodontal disease, including bleeding gums, swollen and bright red gums, gums that are receding away from the teeth and bad breath.
Our Park Avenue Dental team looks forward to helping your child receive the quality dental care they need!