Happy Children’s Dental Health Month from Dr. Matt Corbin and Dr. Ashley Collins at Corbin Dental in Franklin, North Carolina!
As parents, we all want to give our children the best possible start in life. That includes ensuring they have healthy teeth and gums. Good oral hygiene is essential for overall health, and it’s never too early to start teaching children the importance of taking care of their teeth.
February is Children’s Dental Health Month, and it’s the perfect time for parents to take a closer look at their children’s oral health. Here are a few tips to help keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy:
1) Start early: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see a dentist by their first birthday, or within six months of their first tooth eruption. Regular check-ups are essential for early detection of any issues and to ensure that your child’s teeth and gums are healthy.
2) Brush and floss: Brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining good oral hygiene. Make sure your child is brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once a day between teeth that contact each other. Only use about a grain of rice amount of fluoride toothpaste. Once your child is old enough to spit out toothpaste, move up to the adult amount of a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Parents may need to help kids brush their teeth until they are old enough to tie their own shoes.
3) Limit sugary drinks: Sugary drinks such as soda and juice can cause tooth decay. Encourage your child to drink water and milk instead. After nighttime brushing, only drink water and never send your child to bed with a bottle.
4) Healthy snacks: Avoid giving your child sugary snacks and instead opt for healthy options such as fruits, vegetables, and cheese.
5) Sealants: Sealants are a great way to protect your child’s molars from decay. They are a resin-based coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth to prevent food and bacteria from getting into the grooves.
By following these tips, you can help ensure that your child’s teeth and gums stay healthy. Remember, at Corbin Dental, we are always here to help. If you have any concerns about your child’s oral health, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We love taking care of our patients and our community!
Corbin Dental is located at 624 W Palmer Street, Franklin, NC 28734.