February is the American Dental Association’s Children’s Dental Health Month. It’s the perfect time to take a closer look at the oral hygiene habits and other practices that affect your child’s development and lifelong oral health.
Are You Keeping Up with Routine Appointments?
Children should visit the dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in. It is particularly important during childhood, when oral development is still ongoing, to make sure that you’re bringing your child to the dentist for the routine exams and teeth cleanings they need for a healthy smile.
Is Your Child Brushing Properly?
Instilling the right brushing habits in your child is vital to maintaining their smile. Your child should be brushing twice a day and for at least two minutes each time. Flossing is also essential. You will want to make sure that your children have been taught the proper techniques and have the proper tools so that they will eventually be ready to take care of themselves.
Does Your Child Have the Vitamins and Minerals They Need?
A variety of vitamins and minerals are key for oral health and development. Calcium is perhaps the most well-known, but vitamin D and vitamin K are also very important as well. Dairy products, dark leafy greens, and most types of fruits are all healthy choices that can provide your child with these necessary nutrients.
The Quality Dental Care Your Child Needs
One of the best things you can do for your child’s oral health is to find the right family dentist.
With David W. Piper, DMD, your child receives the quality routine care and other treatment they need to support their long-term oral health and development. Give us a call today at (727) 548-7100 to schedule your child’s next appointment.
Dr. Piper is a General and Cosmetic Dentist who has proudly served Pinellas County since 1993. Both he and his team of professionals provide high quality, gentle dental care in a relaxed, personalized, and caring environment. Treating patients like family sets his practice apart from others.