February is a BIG month for pediatric dentists! Dr. Eddie is huge on childhood cavity prevention and we love educating and helping our Portland area patients be cavity-free.
The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children between ages 5 and 11 in the United States have untreated tooth decay. Not only should tooth decay be treated in regular dental appointments, it can be prevented. Actually, tooth decay is 100% preventable with good oral hygiene and dental exams every 6 months.
In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, we’re spreading the word about children’s dental health.
YOU Can Help Your Little Ones Have Healthier Teeth …..
- Encourage them to brush for a full two minutes. Pick a song around two minutes long and sing or play it during brushing time.
- Set reminders to brush twice a day. Brushing after breakfast and just before bed are the best times for preventing bacteria growth.
- Show them flossing is fun. Be gentle at first when flossing for them. Flossing is extremely critical in removing food debris from between your teeth. In fact, it’s the only way to effectively remove it. Once your child’s teeth contact each other, time to break out the floss!
- Be persistent. Don’t let non-compliant children off the hook! They will soon learn that brushing is NOT negotiable and has to be done. Kids may be excited to brush for a sticker or star on a reward chart. (Dr. Eddie does this with his own kids.)
- Make their first dental appointment around age 1. Having positive dental experiences early on will make dental visits easier the older they get (and rub off on younger siblings!). The more often they come, the more used to the office and us they will become. Soon going to the dentist is NO BIG DEAL, and even fun! TVs on the ceiling, staff that is EXCITED to see them, toy and sticker rewards, cavity-fighting lollipops…we promise they’ll love it.
- The importance of fluoride. We know that Portland traditionally does not add fluoride to the water supply, which frustrates us. As your Portland pediatric dentist, we KNOW the major benefits that fluoridated water has in the decay rate of children. Next time you’re in our office, we’ll talk about which cities are fluoridated and can make suggestions for you. We always suggest a traditional fluoride toothpaste for your child.
See you soon!
Eddie Lopez, DDS & staff