February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Dental Association. This campaign serves to raise awareness about good oral hygiene and how to ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Good dental care starts as a child and continues into adulthood. That is why it is so important to pay special attention to our children’s teeth and mouth. This month is the best one out of the year to spread awareness and there are many ways that you can do that. One way is by educating yourself about your child’s dental health needs. Want more information about the campaign or how to properly care for your oral health? Read below for a few helpful tips.

When Should You Start Cleaning Baby’s Teeth?

New parents have so many things to learn and this question is often one of the first they ask. As soon as you notice the baby has a tooth, brush it! Good oral care starts before then, however. Wipe baby’s gums with a clean, damp washcloth after feedings. Baby should see the dentist by his first birthday!

Can Babies Develop Cavities?

A common myth parents hear is that babies cannot develop cavities. The truth is, babies can and will develop cavities if mom and dad allow them to routinely fall asleep with a bottle or sippy cup in their mouths. Juice causes more decay risk than formula or breast milk! Make it a habit to take the bottle or cup away from baby before laying him down for sleep.

Can I Give My Child Treats?

Avoiding sweet treats altogether is challenging for parents. It is the most beneficial solution to oral care, but since it is nearly impossible, the key is to limit the sweets that your baby eats, and carefully monitor the type of sweets he consumes. Alternative options to sugary sweets are just as enjoyable for a baby, so you might want to consider offering them instead.

When Should I Take My Baby to the Dentist for the First Time?

Experts agree that babies should visit the dentist by their first birthday or before if they develop a tooth or teeth before the first-year mark. The right dentist will make sure your child has a positive experience with the dentist and provide hands-on education and information with parents. This ensures a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums and that baby has a positive experience with the dentist. This is important as well.

Find a good pediatric dentist for the best oral care for your baby and child. A good dentist will provide answers to your questions and put you on a path to good oral care. Although February is National Children’s Dental Health month, parents should strive to keep their little one’s mouth health every month of the year. That starts with good dental care and regular dental visits.