It is never too soon to teach children the benefits of oral care. Research shows that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease, affecting up to 50 percent of American children by age 1. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to keep teeth on track for cleanliness.
Brushing and flossing tips
Brush for two minutes at least twice a day. Position the toothbrush at an angle, make small circles and gently massage gums. Use a tongue scraper and do not forget to floss!
Baby teeth lead the way for adult teeth
Although baby teeth fall out and are replaced by permanent teeth, it is still important to maintain healthy oral care. Baby teeth act as guides and space savers for adult teeth. When adult teeth are ready to come through, the roots of the baby teeth dissolve and the tooth falls out. If a baby tooth falls out prematurely, surrounding baby teeth crowd the empty space, eliminating room for permanent teeth to come through. It is important to visit your dentist for a space saver. In all cases, it is important to address issues as soon as possible. Baby teeth are just as vulnerable to cavities, gum disease and other problems as adult teeth.
When to visit?
One of the best practices to teach children is the importance of dentist visits. Here at Champagne Pediatric Dentistry, we make each visit fun! Wear a cool pair of sunglasses, choose a new toothbrush, and laugh with our friendly dental staff. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist around age 1 or at least six months after the first baby tooth comes in. Many children develop cavities during this time. Early childhood visits teach our young patients about flossing, brushing tips, healthy foods and general maintenance. We like to meet and build relationships with our children, and eliminate the common fear of the dentist!