Educating children about proper oral health practices can help them achieve and maintain a healthier smile into adulthood. Because February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, dentists across the United States are promoting the advantages of starting good dental hygiene habits at an early age. Parents, teachers, and caregivers can find valuable information and kid-friendly educational activities from various resources provided by the American Dental Association so that children obtain the dental care they need to succeed.
How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy
It is essential to communicate the benefits of at-home oral care with kids so that they have stronger teeth that last. Both kids and adults can keep their teeth cleaner and whiter by following a few simple guidelines:
- Brush and floss every day: People of all ages are advised to brush at least twice and floss once per day. Your dentist can show you the best brushing and flossing techniques at your next check-up appointment.
- Eat a balanced diet: Some foods, including sweets and processed snacks, can be detrimental to the integrity of your teeth. Eating a balanced diet rich with fruits and vegetables can protect teeth from erosion and decay.
- Visit your dentist regularly: Going to the dentist for a cleaning and routine exam can help detect oral conditions before they become uncomfortable. These appointments are also perfect for voicing any concerns you may have about your dental health.
Why It Is Important
Poor oral hygiene can affect a child’s overall quality of life. Untreated dental issues, such as cavities, can make it harder for children to concentrate at school, cause sleeping problems, or lead to feelings of self-consciousness about their smile. Practicing diligent at-home dental care and seeing the dentist at least once every six months can prevent tooth decay and other conditions. A healthy mouth means a happier and more comfortable life for all patients.
For more information about at-home dental care for children or to schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Christine Chung, please call (551)222-4493.