Dental Health Month
Parents can make a huge impact on their child’s future dental health by modeling good behaviors. Adults and children need a dental check up and cleaning at least two times a year. In addition to conducting a thorough oral exam, the dentist will obtain a dental history, guide parents on proper brushing habits and cavity protection and determine how often a child should visit, among other things. Frequently, early decay can be treated with fluoride to harden the teeth and avoid the “drill.”
Using good technique is key to getting the cavity-causing bacteria. Tilt the bristles a bit towards the gums and gently brush in tiny little circles touching every surface of each tooth. Brush at least twice a day, and at least for two minutes. (30 seconds in each quadrant of the mouth). Assist your child with brushing at least till the age of 6, or till they refuse your help!
There will always be a genetic component to how strong our kids’ teeth and gums are, but as parents you can make a difference!
May these February dental health tips help make your visits to the dentist simple and brief!
Sherryl Lazo, R.N.