Someone from your child’s school is on the phone. You kid has been complaining of a toothache, and they wanted to let you know.
You aren’t sure what to do. Should you pull them out of school? Take them to the dentist?
It would be better for everyone involved to avoid this kind of situation. You want your kids to stay healthy, and that includes their oral health. Since February is Children’s Dental Health Month, we are sharing some suggestions for things you can do to keep your kids’ smiling for week, months, and years to come.
Regular dental checkups should be part of your plan. You can get them as part of our family dentistry at Dental Health of Fianna. Call 479-262-9101 to plan your visit to our Fort Smith, AR dental office.
Work With Us To Protect Your Favorite Smiles
We invite parents to bring kids for their dental visits when they are between 15 and 24 months old. Why so early?
First and foremost, we want to see how their new teeth are developing. If a child has teeth, then the potential for tooth decay is there, too. At the same time, we make every effort to make this a “happy visit.” We want to start forming a relationship with your child, so when they return later, they will feel more at ease.
This is an important opportunity for you as well. Many parents have questions about what they can and should do at home to keep their kids’ mouths as healthy as they can be.
We’ll be happy to explain the importance of following the American Dental Association recommendations to brush twice daily and to floss between teeth every day.
Of course, professional dental cleanings and exams should be part of your family’s oral care routine as well.
Prevention Should Be Plan A
You don’t want your kids to have tooth decay. Yet, more than 40 percent of kids will have at least one cavity before they celebrate their 12th birthday.
Cavities can lead to toothaches, which can lead to more oral health problems, missed school, and other issues. By making routine dental visits, we can remove plaque and tartar from teeth, which greatly reduces the risk of cavities. At the same time, we’ll be looking for any early signs of decay so your kids can be treated before the problem become painful.
Cleanings aren’t the only way to prevent problems, however. You also can provide added protection at a minimal cost with fluoride treatments and dental sealants.
Fluoride strengthens teeth, so they are better able to resist harmful bacteria. Sealants are a protective coating for teeth. Sealants become a physical barrier between bacteria and children’s teeth.
These services along with a good daily oral hygiene routine can keep your kids’ smile looking great for many years to come.
Visit Us Soon
If you have not yet scheduled your next dental appointment, today would be a great day to contact our Fort Smile family dentist office. You can call 479-262-9101 or fill out our online form. We hope you see your family soon!