Quick Tips for Parents and Caregivers

Tooth Decay: The #1 Preventable Childhood Disease.

Pediatric Dentistry of Pleasant Hill is here to help you keep your children healthy and thriving. Prevention begins with good dental habits, a healthy diet and regular visits to the dentist beginning at an early age. Parents and caregivers should make sure their children are following these quick tips for better oral health.

Quick Tips For Parents and Caregivers

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend a child’s first dental visit begins at ‘first tooth or first birthday’ – whichever comes first.  This allows us to help your child become comfortable at the dentist’s office and to begin checking for any early signs of decay.

Here is the recommended dental care schedule:

Age Recommended Dental Care
Age 1 First visit
Toddlers Twice-a-year exams, fluoride varnish
School Age Twice-a-year exams, sealants
Teenagers Twice-a-year exams, sealants, wisdom teeth evaluation

Tooth Care:

  • Brush teeth twice a day for 2 minutes
  • Floss once daily
  • Choose healthy snacks that are low in sugar
  • Wear a mouthguard when participating in active sports

As a parent or primary caregiver it is important to be sure your children are learning how to care for them selves properly. By following the simple quick steps above you’ll all be on your way to better oral health.

Source: AAPD

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