As we reach the end of National Children’s Dental Health month, we would like to recap the last 3 weeks of tips and share our 4th and final tip of the month for achieving great overall oral health!
Tip #4: Visit the dentist every 6 months
Your child should begin to see the dentist around one year of age, or when the first tooth arrives, and should continue every 6 months following. As mentioned above, plaque left on and in-between teeth turn into tartar and can only be removed by a dental professional. Regular checkups are needed to remove the tartar and check for good overall oral health.
A great time to schedule your child’s regular dental visit is before the school year starts. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children, and more than 51 million school hours are missed annually for dental-related problems.1 Seeing a dentist before school begins is a great way to minimize the chance of your child being distracted by pain and missing school.
We hope you will continue to use these tips as a guideline to improve your oral health. Be sure to visit the rest of the blog for more dental information and fun activities for your child! Happy National Children’s Dental Health month from all of us at Kool Smiles!
1. US Department of Health and Human Services. Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General (Executive Summary). Rockville, Md: US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health; 2000.