CSP Spotlight on National Children's Dental Health Month: Brush and Clean In-Between to Build a Healthy Smile

National Children’s Dental Health Month is a time to increase awareness of oral health and promote good oral health habits. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. There are, however, safe and effective preventive measures that can protect teeth.  Throughout this month, we will discuss those measures. Parents, see below for oral tips for children 0-12 years old.

Ages 0-1

  • Clean gums after feeding
  • Check teeth and gums daily
  • Your oral health can have a huge impact on the health of your baby
  • Take your baby to the dentist when first teeth start to show
  • Finding a Pediatric Dentist is important
  • Using toothpaste can be dangerous

Ages 1-5

  • Limit drinks hat contain a lot of sugar
  • Share the experience of brushing your teeth with your child
  • It is important to stick to healthy snacks only
  • Use toothpaste that contains a low amount of fluoride, and only use a pea size amount

Age 6-12

  • DO NOT skip preventive dental visits (two times per year)
  • Introducing a fluoride rinse to their daily routine
  • Make dental care FUN!
  • You should replace their toothbrush every three months and after an illness
  • Your child can begin using adult toothpaste
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