February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. For parents and guardians, a child’s dental health can be confusing. You may have questions about thumb sucking, when to have the first dental visit, and how to best clean your child’s teeth.
At Wilder Dentistry, we want to be your family’s dental partner. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about your oral health or your child’s. We are here to answer any questions. Feel free to ask what you’re curious about and we’ll help to the best of our abilities.
A healthy smile is important to a child’s self-esteem and overall health. With proper care, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits, their teeth can remain healthy and strong
Did you know, Wilder Dentistry offers sealants? They’re perfect for kids as they prevent food and bacteria buildup by sealing the teeth. Sealants create a more even surface, which prevents the collection of bacteria. When teeth are sealed, they are easier to brush and clean because there are fewer places for bacteria to hide.
Food can easily become trapped within the grooves and ridges of the teeth. These areas are difficult to clean and prone to bacteria buildup. Over time, bacteria will harden and can lead to painful cavities or deep tooth decay.
The sealant procedure is quick and easy, we start by:
Cleaning your teeth.
Apply a gel to the surface of the teeth and let it dry.
Rinse and dry the tooth.
Brush on the dental sealant.
Cure the sealant with a special light.
The dental sealant procedure takes only a few minutes per tooth, and it is painless. Nervous children can feel comfortable throughout the brief sealant process.
One part of maintaining oral health is teaching your kids to decline vaping or smoking. Nicotine is absolutely not your friend, even if your brain is screaming for it, your body can’t handle it, including your oral health. Nicotine alters your blood flow through your veins by reducing the amount.
Therefore your body, including your gums, doesn’t get sufficient blood flow, which reduces oxygen and nutrients your gums need to remain healthy. Nicotine basically chokes out your mouth tissue from the blood and oxygen it needs to survive.
Since the gum tissue can’t survive your gums will begin to recede, Nicotine increases the chances of gum disease. Common symptoms of this disease include halitosis, which is consistent bad breath, red, irritated, bleeding gums, tender or swollen gums, loose or loss of teeth as well as gum recession.
Make Dental Health Fun
At Wilder Dentistry, we want to make the dental experience fun and comfortable for children (and adults.)
As such, here are some cool resources to help your child this month. We have a brushing chart that you can check off with your child. Add in some fun stickers to really make it a favorite activity.
You can also download this maze activity that guides kids to the water stand. It’s a nice reminder of the importance of drinking water and just a fun thing to do.
If your child is nervous about the dentist, give us a call. We’re happy to help with the process so that your child’s health becomes something they enjoy.