Importance of Children’s Oral Health
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a policy statement underscoring the importance of proper dental care for children. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, and it can have serious short- and long-term consequences for kids. Dr. Frame, children’s dentist, offers comprehensive preventive and routine dental care for kids.
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children visit the dentist by the time they are twelve months old. This visit can help your child build a foundation for a cavity-free life of healthy smiles. About half of kids between six and eight years old have cavities, and by the time they reach nineteen, about sixty percent of them have had at least one cavity.
Establishing healthy dental hygiene routines early in life can be the best way to protect your child’s smile. Teach your child to brush and floss properly after meals. Limit sugary foods and drinks when possible. If your child drinks juice, look for 100 percent juice, and keep serving sizes restricted to four to six ounces a day. Serve fluoridated tap water or milk with meals, and tap water between meals to help keep teeth strong.
Regular dental visits should begin when your child’s first tooth appears. Dental cleanings and exams are scheduled about every six months, and at these appointments, Dr. Frame can explain the best preventive treatments and care to help keep your child’s smile healthy and strong. Call our office today to schedule your child’s next appointment.
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