Dental Health Month

Hello Friends!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month.  It’s a good reminder to instill good oral health habits at an early age.  Did you know that 50% of 7 – 9 year olds already have at least one cavity or filling?*  Parents and caregivers can help prevent cavities by following these tips:

1. Use a child sized tooth brush.  Small hands and mouths require a smaller brush.  Also,   proper brushing does require some dexterity and precision, so a good reminder is that a child needs help brushing until they are able to easily tie their shoes.

2. 2 x 2 Min  Remind your children to brush for 2 minutes twice a day.  Make it a routine, after breakfast and before bed.

3.  Use a fluoride toothpaste.  A smear until age three and a pea size drop until age 6.

4.  Floss.  Begin flossing once a day when teeth start to touch.

5.  Demonstrate proper technique.  Brush in small circular motions.  Using pressure that is too hard can cause gum recession and erosion.  Keep in mind that it will probably take a lot of practice and patience.  Be positive and consistent.  Remember that you’re creating healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

6.  Schedule dental visits.  Make and keep regular dental checkups to be sure teeth are developing normally and that any decay is detected early.  Dental professionals can reinforce healthy habits and answer any questions you may have.

Good reminders any time of the year!

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Brunner Prast Family Dental

* statistic info provided by Delta Dental