Boys Town's Top Five Tips for Good Oral Health for Children

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Oral health is considered a window into the overall health of the body. Boys Town offers five tips to help parents teach their children about good oral hygiene.

It’s important to teach your kids about good oral hygiene at a young age.

Oral health is considered as a window into the overall health of the body. Gum disease is identified as a risk factor for heart and lung disease, diabetes and a number of other conditions. Boys Town releases strategies to improve a child’s oral health.    

As soon as the first tooth appears, parents should be thinking about their baby’s oral hygiene. Boys Town, a national child and healthcare organization started more than 90 years ago, is a leader in parenting advice. Boys Town Pediatricians suggest following these tips to help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and the complications that go along with it:

1.    Use a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste (a “vitamin for your teeth”) to strengthen tooth enamel and help repair early damage to teeth.
2.    Brush, brush, brush! (And floss, too.)
3.    Limit juice to once a day.
4.    Avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle or sippy cup.
5.    Schedule regular dental check-ups.

“It’s important to teach your kids about good oral hygiene at a young age,” says Eduardo E. Delgado, M.D., pediatrician with Boys Town Pediatrics. “Doing so helps them to learn about taking care of themselves and their bodies.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants receive an oral health assessment by 6 months of age. Infants at high risk of tooth decay should see a dentist by 12 months of age. All children should have a dental exam done by a dentist after their 1st birthday.

For information on more than 9,000 pediatric topics, visit the Pediatric Advisor at boystownpediatrics.org. The Boys Town National Hotline also offers free advice to parents 24/7. Call 1-800-448-3000.

About Boys Town
Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years. In 2012, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 500,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.

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