Help Your Child Create Healthy Smiles for a Lifetime
By Tammy Byrd, RDH
February 10, 2012
A person's smile, or lack of one, can speak louder than words. Research has shown that a healthy smile not only protects your mouth, but also other vital organs such as your heart, lungs, and pancreas.
To ensure a healthy smile for a lifetime, dental care should begin as soon as a child is born. This instills the value of oral health and protects your child from the devastating and expensive consequences of dental disease
Tips to remember for promoting your child's dental health:
- Never put a baby to bed with a bottle.
- Only allow water in "sippy" cups, unless it is with a meal.
- Brush for your child at least once a day until he/she reaches the age of eight.
- Limit sweets and stay away from sodas and sugary drinks.
- Get dental sealants on the chewing surfaces of all permanent back teeth as soon as they come into the mouth – as early as 4-5 years old for some children.
- Watch as your child grows and matures to determine if he/she may need braces to correct crowding and misalignment of teeth.
Cleaning between the teeth is as important as brushing, and it becomes more important as we reach adulthood. The Waterpik® Water Flosser For Kids is an effective and easy way to help assure your child's smile is healthy for a lifetime.
February is National Children's Dental Health Month. For more information about the importance of oral health in children, see the American Dental Association.