February is Children’s Dental Health Month, and we love taking this time to educate parents about the steps you can take to foster proper oral hygiene habits with your kids. At City Dentistry, we children kids of all ages, and we celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month every year. This year, to mark the occasion, we’ve put together a list of three things to look out for to keep your child’s smile happy and healthy.
While there are a number of common childhood conditions that can affect kids of any age, tooth decay is the most prevalent childhood disease. According to the CDC, about 23% of kids ages 2-5 have at least one cavity in a baby tooth, and by the age of 12, about 21% of kids have cavities in a permanent adult tooth.
To make sure that your children stay cavity-free, make sure that they brush twice a day for at least two minutes, floss, and see Dr. Kandel or Dr. Standring every six months for an oral exam and teeth cleaning.
According to the AAPD, participation in sports is responsible for about 40% of all oral injuries in teeth, including chipped, broken, or missing (avulsed) teeth. If your child is participating in any kind of contact sport, we recommend that you come to City Dentistry to get a custom-made mouthguard built by Dr. Standring or Dr. Kandel and ensure that your child’s teeth are protected while they play their favorite sport.
If your kids tend to “graze” or snack throughout the day, rather than eating regular meals, this can actually endanger their oral health. Snacking constantly, particularly when eating foods that are high in sugar or carbohydrates, like bread and cereal, can cause cavities.
After eating a meal, salivary glands will work very hard to produce saliva and wash away food particles, sugars, and bacteria. In contrast, snacking regularly does not give your mouth enough time to recover, and it will often be full of simple starches or sugars, which give way to oral bacteria. By reducing the number of snacks your child eats, you can prevent this issue and ensure that your child’s mouth stays healthy.
If you need to schedule an oral exam and teeth cleaning for your child, come to City Dentistry right away. Dr. Kandel and Dr. Standring specialize in general dentistry for the entire family, and we can help your children avoid cavities, keeping their smile bright, healthy, and strong for years to come. To get started, just contact us at (812) 425-7025 or come by our office at 119 SE 2nd Street, Evansville, IN 47708.