Most kids don’t like brushing their teeth, and they don’t like going to the dentist! But as parents you know if they don’t take care of their teeth they can develop tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. John Rose from Vital Smiles tells Cherish Lombard says it’s important to make sure your kids know that poor oral health can cause problems later in life. Tooth decay remains one of the most common childhood diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42% of children ages 2 to 11 have cavities in baby teeth, and 21% of those ages 6 to 11 have had cavities in permanent teeth. Early childhood tooth decay develops most commonly with infants and toddlers when they are put to sleep with a bottle in their mouth, put to sleep nursing, or walk around with a sippy cup. That, combined with the fact that their teeth aren’t being cleaned as carefully as they should.
Dr. rose says your child’s baby teeth are at risk for decay as soon as they first appear. Children should first visit the dentist within six months of getting their first tooth – and no later than their first birthday. Parents can help prevent tooth decay by not putting kids to bed with a bottle of milk or a sippy cup, making sure your child sees dentist as soon as their first teeth develops and every 6 months after for a regular check-up, and making sure your child brushes and flosses their teeth twice a day. He says babies should have their teeth brushed with a tiny “smear of toothpaste, not just water. Kids 2 to 5 should get a little more, a “pea-size” amount.
Dr. John Rose, General Dentist
1501 Spring Hill Avenue, Mobile
2727 Pleasant Valley Road, Mobile
You’ll find more information online at www.vitalsmiles.com.