February is here, which means it is officially Children’s Dental Health Month! At Mill Creek Dental, we share plenty of information regarding the health of your smile, but it is crucial to remember to take care of your child’s smile, too. Developing positive oral healthcare habits at a young age will set kids up for success and a healthy smile as an adult. In addition, learning about the dentist will aid in preventing dental anxiety. Oral health can be fun; we want to come alongside our patients and their families to show why!
- Don’t forget your baby’s gums!
Babies don’t have teeth, so why is taking care of their oral health necessary? Babies’ mouths produce less saliva than adults, and saliva is integral in keeping bacteria under control. If you don’t care for your baby’s gums and mouth, bacteria may multiply, resulting in an infection. Luckily, gum care is easy! We suggest wiping down your baby’s gums twice daily to combat the spread of bacteria. Wash your hands before doing this to rid them of any lingering germs. Use damp gauze or a washcloth to softly rub your baby’s gums, tongue, and soft mouth tissue. Through this process, unwanted food and bacteria will be eliminated!
- Teeth-friendly snacks don’t have to be boring!
Healthy food can be fun for your kids and doesn’t only involve the vegetables you know they will complain about having to eat. Citrus is rich in vitamin C, which keeps the soft tissue in your mouth healthy! Whether a glass of orange juice or slices of grapefruit, citrus is sweet, and kids love it. Dairy is another option. Packed with calcium and vitamin B12, it will strengthen your teeth and increase the health of your gums. The best thing about dairy is it comes in many tasty forms, from cheese and yogurt to ice cream for a special treat!
- Structure your child’s smile routine!
It is no secret that children thrive with routine. Toddlers and younger children may mirror their parents’ behaviors, even though they may not understand them. To get your children to cooperate with their brushing routine, set a specific time for oral healthcare during the morning and evening, and join them! Your children will begin recognizing this should be part of their routine and want to be just like you.
- Get a head start on healthy teeth!
Did you know we accept pediatric patients? Many parents don’t realize they can bring their children to see us at a young age. This is beneficial in multiple ways. First, it helps us become familiar with the structure of your child’s mouth and how their teeth grow. Because of this, we will be able to provide exceptional care. Your child will also be less likely to become nervous about visiting us. As you know, regular dental visits are integral to the prevention of plaque buildup. The younger your child has plaque removed, the healthier their smile will be in the long run! A healthy smile will lead to a healthy life, and bringing your children to see us early on will help them understand this.
No matter how old your child is, oral healthcare is imperative. The Mill Creek Dental team cares about the smiles of every family member, and we are here to answer any questions you may have regarding pediatric dental care. Call us at (903) 567-2207 for more information. Read our dental FAQ.