February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month?

It’s never too early to start teaching your children about the importance of dental health. We often hear about kids refusing to brush and that “baby teeth fall out anyway.”  However, the habits started at a young age can continue through adulthood.

Before baby teeth even start coming in, you can get your baby used to having their mouth touched by using a warm damp washcloth or disposable mouth wipes designed specifically for young children to wipe the gums once or twice a day.

As teeth begin to come in, a toothbrush designed for small children should be used with just a smear of fluoridated toothpaste under parental supervision or a non-fluoridated toothpaste until they are able to spit to gently clean the teeth and gums at least twice a day on their own.

It is also important to floss between baby teeth to prevent cavities where the toothbrush bristles can’t reach. There are floss picks available in fun colors and flavors designed especially for a kid-size mouth.

Baby teeth play an important role in children learning to chew properly, speak clearly and actually help guide permanent teeth into the proper position when the time comes. If you have any questions about taking care of your child’s, teeth please don’t hesitate to ask at their next dental visit.

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