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Parents, Dental Hygiene Should Begin at the First Tooth
Posted on 10/8/2019 by Crossroads Family Dentistry
Cavities are the number one chronic disease affecting children under the age of 18. Approximately 40% of all children endure tooth decay by the time they enter kindergarten, while 50% also have gingivitis. Poor oral health affects children in a multitude of ways, sometimes causing missed time from school and embarrassment. And, it affects them not only today but well into the future. Parents should understand the importance of proper dental care for their children.
Start Childhood Dental Care Now
At what age should dental care begin? The American Dental Association says that parents should take their babies to the dentist at around six months of age when the first tooth erupts. However, all babes should visit the dentist by their first birthday. Early oral health care starts a lifetime of beautiful smiles and great care. And, when dental care starts at this young age, it positively impacts a child's smile in the future.
Caring for a child's teeth and oral health is perhaps one of the easiest things you can do in life. Use a soft cloth to wipe clean a baby's gums as early as three or four months old and use a soft-bristled toothbrush once a tooth erupts. Thoroughly clean the baby or child's teeth, front, and back, and brush the tongue as well. And, of course, make sure those recommended dental visits take place each year.
Proper Brushing Etiquette
Children should brush their teeth twice each day. First brushing should occur once the child gets out of bed in the morning. The second should occur before bedtime. A pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste for kids over the age of one is recommended. Specialized toothpaste for babies is available.
Schedule a dental exam with our Colorado Springs dentist and protect your child's smile today and well into the future. Our dentists offer caring, compassionate exams for kids of all ages in a super fun environment they'll like. We want to keep oral health issues, including cavities, out of your child's mouth and your realms of concern. Don't take our word for it when it's so easy to schedule an appointment with the best dentist in Colorado Springs right now.
Colorado Springs Dentist Serves the Needs of Area Children
Childhood cavities often indicate oral health issues and tooth decay later in life. Many complications may arise with tooth decay and cavity both now and in the future. This includes problems chewing, chronic pain, problems eating, and nutritional deficiency, tooth loss, tooth infections, and pain. Schedule an appointment for your child with our dentist in Colorado Springs and ensure a lifetime of excellent oral health.