October 11, 2017
With all the Halloween preparation keeping parents extra busy this time of year, we thought it was an appropriate time to devote the blog to caring for your child’s teeth. It’s the candy season, after all!
You might be part of the parent group in charge of their fall classroom party, or maybe you’re spending late nights at a sewing machine piecing together the perfect costume for your little superhero. Somewhere in all of the loose ends, it’s easy to put their dental health on the backburner until the Halloween candy bowl is finally empty.
But our team at Oregon Smile Care Center doesn’t want you to feel overwhelmed by your child’s teeth and gums, now or long after the holiday has ended. We’re here to help make good oral health for you and your family as easy as possible.
That’s why today, we’re sharing three easy ways you can care for your child’s teeth so you can be free to focus on all the other demands parenting throws at you!
At Oregon Smile Care Center, we provide quality dental care for patients of all ages. Even the smallest teeth need regular professional dental care.
In fact, the American Dental Association suggest your child’s first dental appointment should come within six months after you see their first tooth come in. We know how crucial that first dental appointment is for your child. It can set the tone for a lifetime of positive or negative feelings associated with professional dental care.
That’s why we go out of our way to make the little ones comfortable in our friendly dental office here in Salem, OR. Dr. Hanson is not only an excellent dentist, but he’s committed to your family’s best oral health, providing services to patients young and old.
It’s pretty shocking, but research shows that nearly 85% of adults suffer from the stages of gum disease on one level or another. This is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss, so it’s a staggering problem facing oral health and smiles across the country.
But your child doesn’t have to become one of those statistics because you’re going to establish healthy oral hygiene habits for them at home. When they grow up in a home where dental health is a priority, they’re much more likely to carry those practices and habits with them into adulthood.
They won’t have to struggle as an adult with remembering to brush their teeth twice per day because they would’ve been doing it nearly all of their life! When they first get started, though, mom or dad will be the ones cleaning their teeth.
When it comes to cleaning their first few teeth, many dental professionals recommend using a cloth that’s wrapped around your finger and gently scrubbing their teeth, gums, and tongue. As more teeth come in, you can transition to a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste and teach them the proper brushing technique.
One of the best things you can do for your child’s health early on is to teach them about proper nutrition. By choosing snacks like celery and peanut butter, carrot sticks, and apples, and keeping the sugar and highly processed food and drinks out of the kitchen, you’re giving them the best foundation for a lifetime of good decision-making when it comes to their health.
The benefits don’t stop at their total body health. It’s also about keeping their teeth and gums healthy with plenty of foods rich in calcium, protein, vitamins and nutrients.
You can help your child begin a lifelong commitment to good oral health by making regular professional dental care a priority. With dental cleanings and exams in a family-friendly dental office like Oregon Smile Care Center, you can show your child the value of taking good care of their teeth.
If you have multiple children in your family, we also make dental care so much easier by scheduling your family’s dental appointment in one convenient location.