Why It Is Important to Keep Up With Your Child's Dental Health
Tooth decay is considered to be the most common chronic disease for children. In fact, research has shown that 50 percent of children in their first years of schooling are affected by tooth decay, which contributes to time out of school. Our goal at Dentistry for Children is to combat this by providing you and your children with the information needed to develop a healthy oral hygiene routine that includes brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups. Implementing these routines will improve the oral health of your child, leading to a beautiful, healthy smile that will last a lifetime!
The American Dental Hygiene Association recommends the following as part of a complete oral hygiene routine:
- As young as infancy, you should be cleaning your child's gums with a damp cloth after feeding. By doing this you are stimulating the gum tissue, which promotes proper growth and development, as well as keeping the mouth clean.
- It is important to enforce the proper brushing techniques in order to make these tasks a habit. Initially for smaller children, use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush to brush and a small amount of children's fluoridated toothpaste.
- Around your child's first birthday, it is important to schedule a dental appointment. The first couple of visits will be primarily to check on developmental progress and to ensure that your child feels comfortable at the dentist.
- Check to see if your water supply is fluoridated; if it isn't, it is worth looking into.
- Ask Drs. Julia Schreiber or Benjamin Cumbus about the potential application of sealants. Sealants are put on the top of your child's molars and other teeth to prevent cavities and tooth decay from developing.
Contact our Montgomery Pediatric Dentist Office
Thank you for choosing Dentistry for Children as your pediatric dentistry in Montgomery! Please call us if you have any questions about your child's dental health or would like to schedule an appointment for your child. Remember to keep up with your child's routine exams. We look forward to seeing you soon!