February Is Children's Dental Health Month: Keep Their Teeth Healthy With These Tips!

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February is Children’s Dental Health Month, and the team at Myrtle Grove Implant and Family Dentistry is celebrating by sharing some of our best tips for keeping your little one’s teeth healthy!

Tooth decay is the #1 most common preventable chronic disease in children, so taking steps to protect your child’s oral health should be one of your top priorities this year. Here are some tips from Dr. Graves and the team to make sure your child’s teeth are happy and healthy:

1. Watch Their Diet

A good place to start is with your child’s diet. Try to avoid letting them drink too much juice or soda, as these sugary and acidic beverages can damage the teeth. Feed them whole fruit, and beverages like water and milk, which will help keep the teeth strong.

You should also limit certain foods, like candy, particularly gummy candy, as the sugars from these treats tend to collect in the crevices of the teeth. If your child does consume candy, juice, or other sugary foods, make sure they rinse or brush their teeth immediately afterward.

2. Encourage Good Oral Health Habits (And Supervise Brushing)

Children can start brushing their own teeth when they have enough manual dexterity to do so. Usually, this is around the time that they can learn to tie their own shoe (typically about age 5-6). Until then, you’ll need to brush your child’s teeth to ensure that it is done properly.

Even when your kids learn to brush their own teeth, supervise them and make sure they’re doing it correctly and for at least two minutes.

3. Start Flossing (And Lead By Example)

As a family, you and your kids should learn to floss, and do so at least once per day. You may have to floss for your kids until they’re 8-10 years old, but it’s worth doing so. Flossing is one of the most powerful ways to fight against oral bacteria that cause both gum disease and gingivitis.

4. Visit The Dentist At Least Twice Per Year For An Exam And Teeth Cleaning

Take your child to the dentist starting when their first tooth erupts, or around their first birthday; whichever occurs first. Schedule regular oral exams and teeth cleanings every 6 months thereafter, to ensure that your dentist can track their oral development and treat any potential cavities or other issues before they become more severe.

5. Consider An Orthodontic Consultation

You should get a comprehensive orthodontic consultation by the time your child is 7, to ensure that they can begin any required treatments at a younger age. This will lead to better overall results, and a healthier mouth as your child grows older.

Contact Us For An Appointment Today – We’re Always Taking New Patients! What better way is there to celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month than to schedule a checkup for your child (and yourself) at Myrtle Grove Implant and Family Dentistry?

Dr. Graves is an experienced family and general dentist in RiverLights, Carolina Beach, and South Wilmington. You can trust us to deliver friendly, informative, and patient-focused care for your entire family. Get started by giving us a call now at (910) 742-0664, or coming to our office at 5920 Carolina Beach Road, Suite #140, Wilmington, NC, 28412.

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