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Dr. R. James Richardson II

Pediatric Dentistry

Infancy through the College Years

Children’s Dental Health

 

Why Children Dental Health is Important for Kids?

 
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According to research, the most common chronic childhood disease in America is Tooth Decay, affecting 50 percent of first-graders and 80 percent of 17-year-olds. Early treatment prevents problems affecting a child’s health, well-being, self-image and overall achievement.

 

The National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research estimates that children will miss 52 million hours of school each year due to oral health problems and about 12.5 million days of restricted activity every year from dental symptoms. Because there is such a significant loss in their academic performance, the Surgeon General has made children’s oral health a priority.

 

Parents are responsible for ensuring their children practice good dental hygiene. Parents must introduce proper oral care early in a child’s life—as early as infancy. The American Dental Hygiene Association states that a good oral hygiene routine for children includes:

 

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Helpful Tips To Encourage Excellent Dental Health For Your Children

  • Thoroughly cleaning your infant’s gums after each feeding with a water-soaked infant cloth. This stimulates the gum tissue and removes food.
  • Teaching your child at around the age 3 about proper brushing techniques with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a peppercorn size amount of fluoridated toothpaste. Only introduce fluoride if the child is able to spit properly. Ingesting too much fluoride can upset a child’s stomach.
  • Schedule regular visits to Dr. Richardson’s pediatric dentistry to check for cavities in the primary teeth and for possible developmental problems.
  • Encouraging your child to discuss any fears they may have about oral health visits, but not mentioning words like “pain” or “hurt,” since this may instill the possibility of pain in the child’s thought process.
  • Ask Dr. Richardson about sealant applications to protect your child’s teeth and about bottle tooth decay, which occurs when teeth are frequently exposed to sugared liquids.
  • Read about Most Common Dental Problems in Children

 

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