THE CDC REPORTS that 1 in 5 children (between ages 5 and 11) in the US have untreated tooth decay. Not only should tooth decay be treated in regular dental appointments, it should be prevented! Tooth decay is 100 percent preventable with effective personal care and regular dental cleanings.
In honor of Children’s Dental Health Month, we’re spreading the word about children’s dental health.
YOU Can Help Little Ones Have Healthier Smiles!
- Encourage them to brush for two full minutes. Pick a song about two minutes long and sing it to them during brushing time.
- Set reminders to brush twice a day. Brushing after breakfast and just before bed are the best times for preventing bacteria growth from food.
- Show them flossing is fun, not harmful. Be gentle at first when doing it for them. A bad experience can stop them from flossing on their own.
- Be persistent. Don’t let fussy children off the hook. Be motivating! Kids may gladly brush for a sticker or star if you make it an activity.
- Set their first dental appointment before age 1. Having positive dental experiences early will make dental visits easier and less frightening when older
We Love Seeing Kids Of All Ages!
Here at Goose Creek Village Dental, we love seeing children of all ages! Dr. Suhad Kim and Dr. Michael Kim thoroughly enjoy having fun with the kids and are passionate that everyone has an enjoyable dental experience. We have developed lots of games and nicknames for dental instruments and all of the necessary prevention techniques! FUN is what you will have here at our office as we educate you and your child on their oral health.
Good Oral Hygiene Habits Keep Smiles Bright
Healthy smiles are only healthy if children develop great oral hygiene habits! We feel strongly that regular check-ups with the dentist will ensure that we keep the “sugar bugs” or cavities away! Please keep in mind that there are lots of tooth brushing games online that make brushing your child’s teeth fun and enjoyable. 2 minutes, 2 times per day helps keep the “sugar bugs” away!
Help Us Spread The Word!
Share this message with your friends and family, and especially with the children in your life. If you have any questions about children’s dental health, don’t hesitate to ask us!
Thanks for being our valued patients and friends!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional dental advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified dental providers with questions you may have regarding dental conditions.
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