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Why is Children's Dental Health Important?

Thursday - 04/09/2020


Children learn by watching, so make sure to provide an example of what good oral health care means.

There is an increasing agreement and understanding that oral health is directly related to overall health. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM), which brings awareness to the importance of developing good oral health habits at an early age to support a lifetime of overall health.

It is our goal to support parents in their children’s oral health journey by not only providing treatments, but by educating and providing the knowledge for oral health success beyond the dental chair.

“DentaQuest’s care practices have a policy of patient-centered care, and what this means is each patient is an individual and each treatment plan should be individualized for that patient. This involves having conversations with the parents and patients to determine the best treatment options,” Clinical Dental Director, Dr. Cory White says. “I truly hope to impact the life of every child that I see.”

Parents should to be proactive with dental care and prevention for both themselves and their children. Children learn by watching, so make sure to provide an example of what good oral health care means.

Establishing a regular care routine at home, regular dental visits, and understanding what habits like thumb-sucking and bottle usage can do to a child’s teeth are foundational practices for a lifetime of good oral health.

We recommend that children receive their first dental exam no later than one year of age or after the first tooth breaks through the gums. 

Resources for children’s oral health: 

Best Oral Health Care Habits

Thumb-Sucking: Tips to Break the Habit

Can Kissing Lead to Cavities?

Foods that Support Health Gums

Foods that Strengthen Your Teeth

What Type of Dentist Should You Choose?

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