Ways to Protect Children’s Teeth

Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. This month is dedicated to educating kids and parents about the benefits of great oral health. Cavities are the most common chronic disease among kids aged 6-19. In fact, a kid between the ages of 14-17 is 4x more likely to have cavities than asthma!

5 Things Parents and Kids can Do:

  1. Use fluoride: If your child is over age 2, make sure their toothpaste contains fluoride. Also, check to see if your tap water contains fluoride. Ask Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones about fluoride supplements.
  2. Dental Sealants: Talk to our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry about dental sealants. This thin plastic coating is applied to the surface of the teeth, which acts as a barrier to help prevent cavities.
  3. Follow the 2×2 rule: Make sure your child is brushing their teeth for a full two minutes twice daily. Make a brushing chart and use a timer.
  4. Eat Right: Explain to your child how sugary and acidic foods can cause cavities and weaken the tooth enamel. By educating your child about their health they will make better food choices.
  5. Visit the Dentist: Your child should have their first dental visit by their first birthday. After that, they should continue to see the dentist at least once a year.
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