Fluoride & Floss

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! This year’s slogan hits two very important concepts for keeping our kids’ dental health in tip-top shape.

The 2018 slogan is: “Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile.”

Yes, it’s a no-brainer to say, but actually doing it takes a little bit of effort. We know, ahem, adults who still don’t floss … so let’s get that positive habit started early!

What you need to know…

Using Fluoride Toothpaste

In the amounts our bodies receive via drinking fluoridated water and brushing our teeth, fluoride is quite harmless and incredibly beneficial for our teeth. It can even reverse the very beginning of tooth decay!

Fluoride works by strengthening tooth enamel and making teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth.

The American Dental Association recommends using fluoride toothpaste for everyone, including the youngest in our families. As soon as teeth erupt, use a tiny bit (grain of rice size or smaller) of toothpaste on your child’s tooth brush. Then, as soon as they learn how to spit, use a pea-sized amount.

Flossing

How early should your kids start flossing?

As early as possible!

You know your child best, so when you feel it’s age-appropriate to introduce them to flossing, go for it!

The best thing you can do is have your littles watch you floss daily. They see you doing it, they see that it’s not so scary, and they just might want to start copying you.

You may want to have them start with disposable flossers, then move on to regular floss as they get older. And make sure you teach them proper flossing technique!

That’s it! Focus on these two things this February, and slowly they’ll become habits that are hard to break.

You Might Also Enjoy...

The Basics of Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom tooth extraction in Plano is something that you likely put off until it’s absolutely necessary. The majority of patients need to get their wisdom teeth removed because they overcrowd the teeth, potentially impacting the other teeth in your mouth.

How Oral Health Impacts Your Overall Health

They say your eyes are a window to your soul, but did you know that your oral health is a window to your overall health? Cutting your oral health routine short will likely have a domino effect on your overall health.

Child’s Oral Health Care

I believe that all, pediatric dentists are super heroes but, unfortunately, we were not given the power of X-ray vision! Parents will often ask why we recommend their child, with a healthy and beautiful smile, have X-rays taken of their teeth...

Wisdom Teeth Survival Guide

The phrase “wisdom teeth” does not have the best reputation, as most associate them with having surgery, not actual wisdom. Though some are able to go without ever having them removed, many must get one to four removed.