Monday, March 13, 2017

Start Good Health Habits in Kids with their Teeth

HEALTH- Did you know that children who establish good oral care habits pave their way to becoming healthier adults?

The health of a child’s mouth can reveal plenty about their overall health. Children need healthy teeth to help them speak clearly and chew healthy foods. Baby or primary teeth hold space to make room for healthy, stable adult teeth and as early as two years old, kids can begin brushing their teeth with a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

“Oral health problems like cavities and periodontal disease can be avoided through proper oral health prevention,” said Dara Rosenberg, DDS, MS, MPH, Director of Dentistry. “We advise parents to schedule appointments for children based upon oral health risk, which can vary anywhere from once a year to every three months.”

Here are some tips from dentists at UCHC on how parents can help their children have healthy teeth for life:
Parents should clean their baby’s’ teeth with a soft clean cloth or baby toothbrush.

Avoid putting the baby to bed with a bottle and check teeth regularly for spots and stains.

Schedule the child’s first dental visit six months after the eruption of their first tooth or by age one. Be sure to schedule routine dentist appointments every six months for children of all ages.
Children should brush their teeth twice a day and practice flossing daily to avoid tooth decay and promote healthy teeth and gums.
Provide healthy foods and limit sweet snacks and sugary drinks for children of all ages.

“My advice to parents is make an appointment for children before any oral health issue they may be experiencing becomes harder to treat,” said Dr. Rosenberg, DDS, MS, MPH. “Our number one goal is to make each patient feel comfortable and educate them on proper oral health practices that will help prevent a variety of oral health and overall wellness issues down the road.”

At Union Community Health Center (UCHC), dentists are equipped with the latest technology and specialty dentistry to ensure children are taking the best measures to protect their teeth long into their adulthood and in the month of February UCHC is honoring National Children’s Dental Health Month by providing free dental screenings for children.

To inquire about screening or to schedule a dental appointment at UCHC, call 212-220-2020. For more dental tips, follow UCHC on Twitter @UCHC_Bronx.

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