February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

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dental hygienistIt’s February!

The month officially recognizes the importance of dental health for children. One of the best ways you can honor National Children’s Dental health month is to take steps to start improving their oral health right at home.

The second important step is to book an appointment with a dental hygienist so that your child can continue on the right path toward a healthy, happy smile.

In this post, you’ll learn more about the importance of oral health for kids, including tips to help them take charge of their dental care.

The Dental Health Data Behind Cavities

Do new cavities inevitably appear after Halloween candy season rolls around?

Your child isn’t alone. Cavities are the primary dental issue for kids. In fact, according to the CDC, over 50% of kids between the ages of six and eight years old have experienced a cavity in at least one of their baby teeth.

Older kids and young adults between 12 and 19 years of age have developed cavities in at least one permanent tooth.

Income factors also come into play. Children to teens from low-income families are 25% more likely to develop cavities than those from higher income brackets.

What Is a Cavity and How Do You Spot One?

Yet, this data begs a critical question: what exactly are cavities, and how do you know they’re there?

A cavity is a small hole that appears due to tooth decay. A cavity can appear in the outer layer of the tooth, which is called enamel, and the inner part of the tooth, which is called dentin. Often, both tooth layers are affected.

Once your child has a cavity, you would need to take them to a children’s dentist for a filling. The dentist will remove the decay, filling the hole to prevent further damage.

While you may be able to see a cavity hole itself, as small as it is, it’s easier to spot a cavity by the following signs:

  • Sudden toothaches
  • Sudden sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Tooth pain when eating
  • Tooth stains

Tooth stains may be due to normal discoloring of the teeth, but it never hurts to visit a local dentist to find out.

Preventing Cavities: Should You See a Dental Hygienist?

If you want your child on the right track toward stellar oral health, book regular cleanings with your local dental hygienist as soon as possible. Your hygienist will also give your child dental tips, encouraging them to take better care of their teeth at home.

One of the most affordable ways to prevent cavities in your child is to regularly practice good oral care at home. This includes brushing daily (twice a day) with fluoride toothpaste, applying fluoride varnish (or using a fluoride rinse), and flossing.

The above tips will also prevent gum disease in your child, known as gingivitis.

Take Dental Action This Month

February is the perfect time to take preventative action against cavities and gum disease!

Take the first step by booking an appointment with your dentist and dental hygienist for cleanings and x-rays. Next, follow up on your visit by practicing great oral care at home.

Book an appointment today or contact us to learn more.

SmileLogic, Inc. has been serving Colorado with first-class dental hygiene services for over 15 years.