February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Developing good dental habits at an early age is key to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Babies and Toddlers
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), parents should start brushing their children’s teeth as soon they emerge. Use a little toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice, on a soft-bristled brush. Don’t forget that your child should have his first dentist appointment by his first birthday.
Let your child pick out a new toothbrush and a great-tasting toothpaste. Kids that take the lead are more likely to make daily brushing a personal habit. You’ll still need to supervise his technique and help ensure that the teeth are cleaned at least twice daily.
Kids at this age start losing their primary teeth. Just because these teeth are on their way out doesn’t mean kids can ignore the importance of dental hygiene. Schedule regular checkups with your dentist to detect any complications during this process.
Continuing with regular dental checkups can help remind your teen to keep brushing and flossing.
For more information, visit the American Dental Association at www.ada.org.
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