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National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is known as National Children’s Dental Health Month.  This makes it the perfect time to talk with your kids about the importance in caring for their teeth.  Tooth decay is one of the top chronic infectious diseases among children in the U.S.  About 60% of children will have tooth decay at some point by the age of 5.  It is important for parents to help their children develop healthy oral hygiene habits early.  Parents should assist their children in brushing their teeth twice daily as soon as their teeth begin to erupt.  Flossing once daily also becomes key when the teeth begin to touch one another. Another way to help prevent decay is by being aware of the kinds of snacks and drinks you give your children.  Keeping snacking to a minimum and choosing healthy options is a good start.  Crunchy foods such as fruits, vegetables and nuts are snacks that can maintain good oral health.  When choosing a beverage, try to avoid pops, juices and sports drinks.  Instead, opt for milk or water.  Lastly, it is important to establish a dental home for your child by the age of 1. This will allow the dental team time to build trust with your child, which will make future visits more enjoyable for them.
     
– from Jordan M. (Dental Hygienist)
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