Children Going to the Dentist is Important
A lifetime for a healthy smile
Untreated tooth decay (cavities) affects 1 in 5 children aged 5-11. It’s one of the leading health problems in children today. Tooth decay is nearly 100% preventable, and basic oral health habits like brushing twice a day and going to the dentist regularly decrease the chances of cavities. Dental sealants also help decrease cavities in children.
Regular dental checkups can help your child stay cavity-free, but the most important dental care should occur regularly at home. So in addition to visiting the dentist, be sure that your child follows these tips provided by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
- Avoid frequent snacking on sugary or starchy foods and beverages.
- Brush teeth gently, at least twice a day, with special attention to the gum line.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Have a dentist or dental professional apply sealants, if appropriate.
- Get proper levels of fluoride in toothpaste, drinking water, or through fluoride supplements.*
*Note that the ADA does not recommend fluoride toothpaste for children younger than age 2 and does not recommend fluoride mouth rinses for children younger than age 6.