Establishing a good oral hygiene routine at an early age can help prevent decay and keep mouths healthy for a lifetime. This means brushing for two minutes, twice a day, flossing daily and seeing a dentist for regular checkups.
Sacramento, Calif. (PRWEB) February 03, 2015
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the California Dental Association is encouraging parents to develop good oral health habits with children at an early age.
“Prevention is key to healthy teeth and gums,” said CDA President Walt Weber, DDS. “Establishing a good oral hygiene routine at an early age can help prevent decay and keep mouths healthy for a lifetime. This means brushing for two minutes, twice a day, flossing daily and seeing a dentist for regular checkups.”
To help keep children out of dental pain, CDA offers parents the following tips: provide each family member with his or her own toothbrush, spoon, fork or cup; wipe infants’ gums twice a day with a washcloth; clean pacifiers and bottles with soap and water, not spit; put only water in a baby’s bottle at bedtime; and help children brush and floss until they have mastered the skill – usually around age 7.
“Good oral health is important for a child’s well-being. They need a healthy mouth in order to eat properly, talk and smile,” said Weber. “Parents can help protect their children’s smiles by practicing good oral care together.”
Bacteria feed on what you eat and drink, so to help keep tooth decay at bay, CDA also suggests avoiding sugary food and drinks, limiting between-meal snacks and drinking plenty of water, especially after meals.
For more information, visit cda.org.
About the California Dental Association
The California Dental Association is the non-profit organization representing organized dentistry in California. Founded in 1870, CDA is committed to the success of our members in service to their patients and the public. CDA also contributes to the oral health of Californians through various comprehensive programs and advocacy. CDA’s membership consists of more than 26,000 dentists, making it the largest constituent of the American Dental Association. For more information, visit cda.org.
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