February is officially National Children's Dental Health Month. As a parent, you’re constantly thinking about your child’s well-being, and February allows you to zero in on one important component of their overall wellness: their oral health.
We’re here to help. At Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry in Riverside, California, Irene Zaki, DDS, comes alongside you with expert, warm pediatric dentistry. Dr. Zaki and our team partner with you to address any dental health needs for your kids. At the same time, we provide preventive care to keep their smiles bright and beautiful.
As part of that effort, we want to share five tips you can use to support your child’s dental health this February and beyond.
#1: Brush together
Your child should be brushing twice a day: once in the morning and once at night. Fortunately, that should be easy to remember since you should be doing the same thing.
To model good oral health for your kids, consider making tooth brushing a family affair. Everyone can brush their teeth after dinner, for example. Showing your kids that this is an important habit you’ve adopted for yourself can help them develop good oral hygiene.
#2: Don’t forget about flossing
There are plenty of different ways to clean in between your child’s teeth, from the traditional flossing method that wraps around the fingers to floss picks. Dr. Zari can help you find the right method for your child based on their age and preferences.
Your child should start flossing as soon as they have teeth that touch (usually around age 2). You’ll likely need to help them or do it for them for several years, but don’t skip this important oral health habit.
#3: Use fluoride
A kid-safe toothpaste with fluoride helps strengthen and protect your child’s teeth. Look for one that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance. Again, Dr. Zari can help you find a good option for your child.
If you or Dr. Zari have noticed the signs of tooth decay, you can also explore noninvasive silver diamine fluoride (SDF) treatments to support stronger, healthier teeth.
#4: Visit us twice a year
With biannual visits to us, Dr. Zari gets the chance to check your child’s teeth and gums regularly. This way, if she notices any signs of an issue like gum irritation or tooth decay, we can address it before it becomes painful or significantly compromises your child’s oral health.
#5: See if sealants are right for your child
Dental sealants help stop bacteria from building up where it’s most likely to cause cavities in your child. Ask Dr. Zari if your child’s specific smile would benefit from this preventive option.
We’re here to support you during National Children’s Dental Health Month. To talk with Dr. Zari about any questions and to schedule an appointment for your child, call our office or book a visit online today.