You might be surprised to know that the #1 oral health problem for children under the age of 10 is tooth-decay. In fact, by the time children are 5, almost half or more have more than one cavity and this can lead to more complications when their adult teeth come through. So this year on National Child Health Day, support your child at home by investing some time in their oral health habits.
Dental health might seem like something that shouldn’t be important for baby teeth that are going to fall out anyway, however, decay in baby teeth can negatively affect permanent teeth and lead to future dental problems and can be avoided. By bringing your child to their preventative dental visit and regularly cleaning their teeth, you can avoid the unnecessary pain of cavities.
Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that all children see a dentist by age one, or at the appearance of their first tooth. Aside from getting a cleaning, the dentist will make sure your child’s teeth are developing properly and that there are no complications. Fluoride and other options are available for protecting your older child’s teeth from cavities.
For children between the ages of 6 and 12, there is very likely a combination of baby and adult teeth and it’s recommended that they brush two times a day and visit their dentist and hygienist every 6-12 months. Using a fluoride toothpaste will also keep their teeth growing strong. Between the ages of 12-18, your child will most likely have all of their adult teeth, with the exception of their wisdom teeth and this is a crucial time to make sure they are building strong oral health habits to last them a lifetime.
By encouraging regular dental visits and strong dental habits at a young age, your child will hopefully take those lessons into adulthood. On this National Child Health Day make an investment in your child’s speech, digestion and confidence, share with them the importance of keeping their teeth clean and schedule their preventative hygiene visit today.