February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a time to recognize and combat tooth decay, the #1 chronic childhood disease in America. So it’s the ideal time to talk about the top tips to protect your child’s dental health with this post, sponsored by Jefferson Dental.
I was incredibly fortunate when it came to my teeth as a child. No cavities. But as many as 20 million children have had cavities in their primary teeth by age 11. Even more alarming is the nearly one-quarter of children who will not receive dental care for their cavities.
“The adverse effects of tooth decay reach far beyond a simple toothache,” says Dr. Leslie Townsend, DDS., Regional Dental Director, Jefferson Dental Clinics. “Dental decay affects a child’s quality of life, ability to succeed, and can cause adverse health risks.”
Poor oral health in children has been linked to missed school days, poor concentration, lack of confidence, difficulty with speech and articulation, and difficulty with eating.
“There is a misconception that tooth decay in primary teeth doesn’t matter because they are eventually replaced by permanent teeth, however tooth decay and poor gum health can negatively impact how permanent teeth develop,” says Dr. Townsend. “Moreover, establishing good care of primary teeth teaches kids proper oral health habits that last throughout life.”
Parents are the greatest advocates in fighting tooth decay rates. Follow these tips to reinforce healthy dental practices with your children
Top Tips to Protect Your Child’s Dental Health
- Begin caring for children’s teeth, even before they erupt. Wipe the gums of babies and toddlers after meals with a wet cloth or special wipes.
- Limit baby bottles to contain only water, formula or milk. The acidity of sodas and sugar in juices can lead to decomposition of tooth enamel.
- Children age 3 and older should brush with a child’s toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Flossing is an important step for all children with teeth. By skipping flossing you neglect up to 35% of surfaces of teeth.
- Children should regularly visit the dentist every year for professional dental cleanings and exams.
- Dental sealants, a plastic protective coating applied to the back of your child’s teeth, can help further prevent decay.
- Finally lead by example by modeling healthy habits yourself.
For more information about oral health care and prevention education, visit JeffersonDentalClinics.com.
Join me today over on Twitter as we’ll be chatting about the importance of dental health, especially for Latino kids. Use the hashtag #SaludTues – see you there!
Now for some extra fun!
GIVEAWAY: One (1) Winner will receive a Healthy Kids Dental Kit (Approx $200 Value) which includes:
Adult and kids toothbrushes and toothpaste for a family of 4
A family set of dental floss
Mouthwash + rinse cups
Toothbrush travel cases
Kid’s toothbrush charts + dry erase markers
The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss
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