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Your Guide to National Children’s Dental Health Month

children's dental healthHere’s a fun fact for you: National Children’s Dental Health Month actually began in Ohio. Initially, it was celebrated in Akron and Cleveland before eventually being adopted nationwide by the American Dental Association in the late 1940s. Go Buckeyes!!!

In honor of this month, we would like to take the time to promote pediatric dental care and help you establish good oral habits at home with your children.

What Is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) About?

NCDHM is an oral health campaign, focused on teaching children—and their parents—about dental hygiene. The goal behind it is to establish excellent dental habits early on so they will last a lifetime.

When Should My Children Start Seeing a Dentist and How Often Should They Go?

Parents are often surprised to hear this, but the answer is, “Kids should see a dentist no later than their 1st birthday.” While that may seem too early, children as young as 2 have been known to develop tooth decay.

Once your children have completed their first visit, the American Dental Association recommends that you bring them in to see a dentist every 6 months. That will allow us to check how their teeth are coming in, look for signs of tooth decay, and give their teeth a thorough cleaning.

Why Are Routine Dental Appointments Important?

If brushing alone were enough to adequately clean teeth, there would be no need for dentists! However, although brushing is a great start, it does not remove tartar from teeth. And unfortunately, if tartar is not removed, cavities and gum disease can develop.

Additionally, while it is unlikely that your child has oral cancer, adults are prone to this disease. Schedule an appointment for yourself while your kiddos are with you. When you do come in, we will screen for oral cancer. Routine dental visits are more likely to lead to early detection, resulting in a better health outcome overall.

How Can I Best Care for My Children’s Teeth at Home and Instill Good Habits?

The answer is simple. Have your children brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes and floss daily. These 2 habits will ensure that your children’s teeth are getting the best care. To instill these habits, we encourage you to allow your kids to pick out their own brushes, toothpastes, and flosses. They are often much more excited about their dental hygiene when they have some say in the matter!

Also, be a good role model yourself, mom and dad. Your children learn by watching you. Aim to set a healthy example by taking great care of your own teeth.

What Should I Watch Out For When It Comes to My Children’s Teeth?

We encourage you to limit your children’s consumption of the following foods and beverages: sodas, candy, dried fruits, citric fruits, sports drinks, sticky foods, and potato chips. While the occasional sports drink or bag of potato chips is fine, you do not want your children to eat these items regularly. They have all been shown to be harmful to teeth.

How Can I Schedule My Children’s Dentist Appointments?

Scheduling your children’s dentist appointment is easy! Simply click here to use our online appointment request form or call us at 419.253.3100. We are located in Marengo, and we are pleased to offer appointments between the hours of 7AM and 6PM for your convenience.

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