Dental Health & Why It's So Important!
Tips From Your Highlands Ranch & Castle Pines Pediatric Dentistry
There have been countless studies done and research completed that show us the importance of creating good oral hygiene and health habits while our children are young. Much of this research has shown that 50 percent of first graders and up to almost 80 percent of 17 years olds are victims of tooth decay, making it the most common chronic childhood disease. As a result, children nationally will miss 52 million hours of school every year as estimated by the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research. The key to preventing these problems from escalating is proper oral hygiene and health care. Additionally, good oral hygiene habits can improve a child's overall health, self-image, and well-being.
It is the responsibility of the parent to enforce these good dental hygiene habits, to encourage their children to take care of their teeth, and teach them why these things are important. These lifelong skills should begin as early as infancy and continue for the years to come. The following are steps for a good oral hygiene routine as mandated by the American Dental Hygiene Association:
- After each feeding, use a damp washcloth to gently wipe off the infant's gums, which will stimulate the gum tissue and help remove any leftover food.
- Around age 3 is when children should start to learn the importance of brushing. With an adult's assistance, brush each tooth in circular motions using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
- Around age 7 or 8 is when children should be taught how to floss. Our doctors at Colorado Kids Pediatric Dentistry can give great tips about how to floss at dental cleanings.
- Keeping up with regular dental visits is imperative to preventing and treating dental problems, including cavities.
- Encourage open communication with your child when it comes to their dental visits. However, in order to eliminate fear, try to avoid terms such as "hurt" or "pain" when talking to your child.
- Ask if your at-home water supply is fluoridated. If it is not, talk to one of our pediatric dentists at Colorado Kids Pediatric Dentistry about a supplement.
- Discuss sealant applications at your next dental appointment in order to protect your child's teeth from cavities. Also ask about preventative methods of bottle tooth decay.
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Thank you for choosing Colorado Kids Pediatric Dentistry! Our first priority is making our patients happy and comfortable while achieving high quality dental treatments. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Drs. Lisa Fox, Kathleen Waguespack, Julie LeBlanc or Kathryn Hiegert please do not hesitate to contact our office. We look forward to seeing you!