Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry of Valparaiso
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! Developing good oral hygiene habits and regular dental check-ups can be the start of a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums for children.
According to the National Institutes of Health, tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease. It is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever. Each year, dental-related illnesses result in children missing more than 51 million hours of school. When dental diseases in children are left untreated, the pain and suffering can result in problems with eating, speaking and distract attention away from learning.
The key to good oral health in children begins at home. The American Dental Association recommends the following:
- Brush for 2 minutes twice each day
- Floss daily to clean the spaces between teeth
- Eat healthy meals and snacks
- Visit the dentist regularly
We have the experience and qualifications to care for your child’s teeth, gums and mouth throughout various stages of childhood. With regular check-ups and cleanings, we can ensure healthy and happy smiles. It is recommended for all patients to schedule a routine six-month check-up exam.
Our dentist will screen your child’s mouth for tooth decay and gum disease. During your child’s dental cleaning, we will gently remove any buildup of plaque or tartar. To help your child maintain his or her healthy mouth, we may also recommend sealants and fluoride treatments.
Please contact our office to schedule your child’s next dental appointment.