Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? Your child’s oral health is very important, and they should be seeing the dentist regularly just like you do. Dr. William Eick, your dentist in Rocky River, wants to celebrate your child with some helpful tips for keeping your kids cavity free.
Eat a Balanced and Healthy Diet
This year’s theme for National Children’s Dental Health Month is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile.” This is to remind us that sugary beverages aren’t good for our teeth, and water is the best choice for both your oral health and overall health and well being.
Did you know that eating more fruits and vegetables also benefits your oral health? This is because they neutralize the harmful acids in your mouth that cause tooth decay. They also increase saliva flow, which helps to wash away food particles and bacteria from your mouth. When it’s snack time, remind your kids to reach for their fruits and veggies.
Brush and Floss Consistently
Brushing at least twice a day for two minutes every time is essential for maintaining your child’s oral health. Make it fun by using a timer to ensure they brush for the full two minutes. Flossing should be done at least once per day.
You may wonder why it’s so important to take good care of baby teeth that will eventually fall out. Baby teeth perform some important jobs such as:
- Helping your child learn to talk
- Holding a spot for an adult tooth to arrive and guiding it into place
- Helping your child learn to eat solid foods
Leading by example is a great way for your child to learn the importance of brushing and flossing. When they watch you, they’ll want to do it too!
Regular Dental Visits
Your child should be seeing Dr. Eick, your children’s dentist in rocky river, every six-months for regular checkups. This is the best way for us to monitor their oral development and make you aware of any concerns early on.
As your child gets older, he may recommend some additional services such as fluoride treatment to build and strengthen their teeth, as well as dental sealants to protect their teeth from tooth decay. If your child participates in sports, we can also discuss the right mouth guard to protect their teeth from injury.
Contact our Office
We look forward to building a long relationship with your child that will ensure their future success at the dental office. Call us today to schedule their next appointment.