Dental disease is a "silent epidemic" affecting millions of children nationwide, particularly minority and low-income populations. Dental carirs, the disease that leads to tooth decay, is most prevalent childhood disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), moore than 25 percent of U.S. children aged two to five have dental caries and more than half of those 12 to 15. Those numbers double and sometimes triple for children in Hispanic and Native Americans communities.
Fortunately, tooth decay and gum disease are almost entirely preventable. Here are somje effective, simple tips parents and caregivers can use to improve the oral health of children:
- Pregnant women should visit the dentist and practice good oral hygiene. A mom's oral health has a direct impact on her baby's oral health.
- Wipe your baby's gums with clean, damp vloth after each feeding.
- Start brushing your baby's teeth as soon as they appear.
- To prevent baby bottle decay, NEVER put your child to bed with a bottle of juice or milk.
- Schedule the first dental visit by the age 1.
- Check to see if your water is fluoridated. If not, ask us about fluoride varnish and dental sealants to prevent the incindence of tooth decay.
- Always help your toddler brush twice daily with a small drop of fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once daily.
- Encourage your child to eat nutritious foods, drink plenty of water and avoid sugary snacks and juice.
- Talk to your teenager about not smoking.
If your child is past due for their teeth cleaning, please request to schedule a dental appointment today!