Posted: February 28, 2023
February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and it's a great time to focus on the importance of oral health for kids.
Good dental hygiene habits should start early, and having healthy teeth can lead to improved self-confidence, better nutrition, and overall well-being.
This month, let's look at how you can help your children develop good oral hygiene habits.
It's recommended that children brush their teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. If they are under three years old, you should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, while those over three can use a pea-sized amount.
Brushing should take place in small circles to clean all tooth surfaces. It is also important to ensure that your child brushes their tongue as well as it helps remove bacteria from their mouth.
Flossing & Rinsing
Flossing removes food particles between teeth and below the gum line where brushing cannot reach. Over time, these food particles can lead to plaque build-up, which can cause cavities or other dental issues.
To start flossing, you should use waxed floss, which slides easily between teeth without cutting or irritating gums. You should also have your children rinse with mouthwash since it will kill bacteria on contact and reduce plaque build-up.
Children need to visit the dentist regularly to ensure no dental problems are present and to get advice on how they can take care of their teeth properly.
Regular checkups are especially important if your child wears braces since it helps make sure that nothing gets stuck in hard-to-reach areas between brackets or wires.
The American Dental Association recommends that kids attend regular checkups every six months or as directed by their dentist.
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Children who practice good oral hygiene habits often have healthier smiles than those who don't—and February is the perfect time to remind them why taking care of their smile matters!
This month is National Children's Dental Health Month, an excellent opportunity for parents and guardians to discuss oral health with their children and make them aware of the importance of brushing and flossing regularly and seeing a dentist twice a year.
By calling 303-988-9060, you can reach Dr. Scott Greenhalgh in Lakewood, CO.