Children’s Dental Health Month

Our Carmichael dentists encourage you to care for your children's dental health.

“Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.” — American Dental Association

Every February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month. Your Carmichael dentists at the Marconi Dental Group support this initiative, especially with the help of Dr. Maryam Saleh, who has considerable practical experience with children’s dentistry. The message for Children’s Dental Health Month is simple and straightforward.

  • Brush two minutes, two times a day.
  • Clean between your teeth daily.
  • Limit snacks, eat healthy meals.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.

Brushing for two minutes, twice a day insures that you remove food particles from the crevices in your teeth. It also helps fluoride from the toothpaste spend time strengthening your enamel and destroying bacteria.

Cleaning between your teeth with dental floss, interdental brushes or water flossers removes bacteria from places that are hard for your toothbrush to reach. It also cleans out food that was stuck between your teeth.

If you eat all the time, every day, you are feeding not just your stomach, but your oral bacteria too! They use all that extra food to destroy your teeth with decay. By limiting snacks, you limit opportunities for bacteria to do their bad work between tooth brushings. Healthy meals limit processed foods that are high in sugars and corn syrups — sources of energy that bacteria love!

Visiting your dentists at the Marconi Dental Group twice a year for a dental exam and cleaning helps keep your teeth healthy and bright. We check to make sure that no decay is invading your enamel, that your gums are healthy and we brighten your smile by cleaning away tartar and plaque and polishing off stains. When your teeth leave our office it’s easier to brush, floss and smile!

A future article will focus on local efforts made by our dentists to help elementary children celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month. Also, for fun dental activities that you can download for your children, you can visit the website of the American Dental Association.

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Comments (2)

Good tips…and I have a question: My three year old does great with brushing his teeth (we help too), but how can we help him floss? He doesn’t really have the coordination to floss by himself and it’s an ordeal to get him to be still. Do you think the little flossers with a handle are effective for kids?

Marconi Dental Group

Yes the floss picks are a great start for the kids because they don’t have the coordination at a young age. It’s great for parents to help. The best way to get it done efficiently is by laying your child down with his/her head on the parent’s lap for easy access and visibility for the parents. So although it’s great for the kids to practice with the floss picks, it’s ultimately the parents who will do a thorough job!

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