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Children's Dental Health Month

Children's Dental Health Month

Oral health is an important part our overall health. When our mouths, gums or teeth aren't healthy, our bodies may be more susceptible to serious disease. According to Delta Dental, “about 40 percent of American adults experience a form of moderate to severe periodontal (gum) disease. Researchers have associated gum disease with many different health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and more”. Because of the significant role oral can have on our wellbeing, February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Bringing awareness to oral health in children and focusing on preventative measures while building good oral health habits can have a huge impact on the lives of our little ones. Here are a few tips to keep your children’s dental health on the right track as they grow.

Get regular check ups - Your baby should have their first dental visit scheduled about six months after you see their first tooth come in, usually before their first birthday. The dentist should examine your baby’s mouth gums and jaw for proper development and will go over proper brushing techniques.

Avoid sugar - Keeping the right snacks on hand can go a long way. Snacks with calcium and vitamin d can help build strong teeth while sugary treats such as soda and candy can cause to plaque buildup.

Sealants - If your child has issues with tooth decay or has already had a filling, speaking with your dentist about applying a sealant can be a great way to prevent further decay. The thin coating over your child’s teeth prevents bacteria from settling into the groves of the teeth which can cause cavities.

Mouthguards - Wearing a mouth guard is highly recommended for children who participate in sports. Delta Dental reports that; “young athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to injure their teeth compared to those who do protect their mouths”. Mouthguards can also help protect the jaw against fractures and minimize bruising on the lips and inside of the cheeks.

Our oral health changes throughout our lifetime, as does the attention our teeth and gums might need. It’s important to teach children the value of good dental hygiene and instill good habits as early as possible. To learn more about oral health or to schedule an exam and cleaning please call 816.474.4920 today.