You take your kids to the doctor for their school physicals, immunizations and sick visits. You make sure they are in good health.
Do you take the same care with their oral health? Healthy teeth and gums might be something you take for granted, but they are a crucial part of your child’s overall health. February is Children’s Dental Health Month and a good time to take your kids to the dentist.
“Parents and children need to understand proper brushing and flossing and why it’s important to get regular dental exams,” said Dr. Emmanuel Finn, Dental Director at the Greater Prince William Community Health Center. “Healthy teeth and gums go hand in hand with good health and your child’s self-esteem, so we want their healthy smiles to last a lifetime. A brighter smile means a brighter future.”
Did you know the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends scheduling the first dental visit as soon as your child’s first tooth appears? Dr. Finn suggests that the first dental visit take place within six months after the first tooth appears but no later than a child’s first birthday. The ADA offers some other tips for your child’s oral health care:
- Always brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes.
- Floss between your teeth daily.
- Avoid sugary and starchy snacks.
- Wear a mouth guard when you’re active.
- See your dentist regularly. Consider making a morning dental appointment when kids tend to be more rested and cooperative.
- Keep any anxiety or concerns you have to yourself. Children can pick up on your emotions, so emphasize the positive.
The Health Center is a non-profit facility that provides dental, primary, prenatal and behavioral health care for the whole family under one roof. The Health Center accepts private insurance and Medicaid. The Health Center also offers deep discounts to uninsured families. Our Pediatric Dental Practice offers cleanings, fillings, sealants, x-rays, root canals and crowns for baby teeth, space maintainers, and more. Se Habla Español!
Call 703-680-7950 or visit www.GPWHealthCenter.org for more information.