Did you know that tooth decay is the most common childhood disease? According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, tooth decay, or cavities, is an epidemic.
Tooth decay can begin early, so it is important to teach your child proper dental hygiene even sooner. You can begin proper dental hygiene as soon as your child is born.
• From Birth to around age 2, use a soft cloth to clean your child’s gums. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should also take your child to see a pediatric, or children’s dentist, before their first birthday. A local dentist office becomes a dental home for your child, and provides you with a resource to ask any questions that you may have about proper dental care for your little one.
• From 2 to 5 years old, you should begin brushing your child’s teeth twice a day. Remember to always brush your child’s teeth before bedtime. At this age, you can also begin to floss your child’s teeth. It is important for children to learn to care for their teeth early. At age 2, a child should begin to see their local dentist office twice a year for check-ups.
• Children over the age of 5 should still see a children’s dentist. It is important for parents or caregivers to supervise tooth-brushing until a child is at least seven or eight years old. It is also very important that children continue to floss and maintain twice-a-year dental visits with their local dentist office.
Did you know that pediatric dentists are dentists with additional training in the field of dentistry specifically for children?
A pediatric dentist can help you with training on proper dental hygiene and preventative care. They can also help you with how to deal with thumb-sucking and pacifier use, along with repairing tooth decay and caring for dental injuries. A children’s dentist will also discuss diet, fluoride use and your child’s growth and development.
Proper dental care is a key component of overall health. Choosing a pediatric dentist office to become your child’s dental home is an important step in preventing tooth decay and keeping your child healthy. Request an appointment today.