Children’s Dental Health
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! Willow Bend Dental would like to take this important awareness month to help encourage the benefits of good oral health to children, their parents, caregivers, and teachers. In addition, this year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of water fluoridation. 70 years worth of scientific studies have shown that having an optimal amount of fluoride in tap water can help decrease cavities and tooth decay by 25%.
Tooth decay is the number one chronic disease among children, even over asthma, early childhood obesity, and diabetes. This is why it is crucial to instill good dental habits at a young age. Willow Bend Dental wants to make your child’s dental visit a positive and educational experience by teaching your child how to brush and floss their teeth correctly and to discuss the importance of oral hygiene.
For babies, a good dental routine includes wiping the gums two times each day with a clean cloth in the morning and at night. This helps to wipe away any bacteria or sugars that could potentially contribute to decay. Once the teeth begin to come in, brush them twice a day with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush with water only. It is recommended to visit the dentist by the time of your baby’s first birthday to spot any problem signs early on. Finally, for children that are younger than six, watch them brush their teeth to ensure they only use a pea size amount of toothpaste and that they do not swallow it.
We understand that most children fear the dentist or have dental anxiety about their visit, but it doesn’t have to be that way! In addition to focusing on a positive and fun experience, Willow Bend Dental offers nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to help create a calmer experience for your child. And for children over age 15 that have severe dental anxiety, we offer sedation in both oral and intravenous forms.
If you want to learn more about children’s dentistry, or are looking for a new pediatric dentist for your child, please contact Willow Bend Dental at 972-964-5686 or click here.