Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Be sure to maintain good oral health by brushing, flossing, rinsing, and eating healthy snacks!
Helping our Children Take Care of Their Teeth
Preventative care is always the best way to avoid dental health problems, especially with children. In today’s world, this fact is spread far and wide, but it was not such a common known truth. Luckily for us that all started to change for the better seventy-six years ago.
In February of 1941, events were held in the cities of Akron and Cleveland in Ohio to raise awareness of the importance of children’s dental health. Eight years later in 1949, those events inspired the American Dental Association to officially recognize February 8th as a national day of observance. This observance was then extended to one week in 1955. 1981 saw the program extended to a whole month of celebration, now known as the National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHC).
When and How Should I Start Looking After My Child’s Teeth?
The most common chronic disease in children is tooth decay. Tooth decay in children is five times more common than asthma, and four times more common than childhood obesity! This is why it is vital to start helping and teaching children to take care of their teeth before they can even fully do it themselves. Dentists recommend that a child’s first dental visit should be scheduled by their first birthday, combined with when they have received their first teeth.
Remember to regularly take your child to a pediatric dentist to have their teeth and gums checked, and ask that dentist what you can be doing to properly brush and floss your child’s teeth. Teaching our children proper dental hygiene from the emergence of their first tooth and onwards will instill unbreakable healthy dental habits throughout their lives.
When Should I Take my Child to See an Orthodontist?
The American Dental Association recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven. Orthodontic treatment most commonly begins between the ages of eight and fourteen, so it is important to have an evaluation with an orthodontist before then.
Seven is a good age to first see the orthodontist, because at this age children have a mix of primary (baby) teeth and permanent teeth. At this age, an orthodontist can spot problems with teeth that are still emerging, and the growth of a child’s jaw, even while the primary teeth are still present.
What does Molen Orthodontics Offer for my Child?
We are uncompromising in our pursuit of custom designing beautiful smiles using the latest technology and cutting-edge techniques. We are focused on creating spectacular smiles that complement each patient’s unique facial structures and needs. We offer braces and Invisalign for children, teens and adults with customized treatment plans just for you! After your treatment is complete, we guarantee your retainers and will replace them at no charge forever as we are committed to making sure your magnificent smile lasts a lifetime.
At Molen Orthodontics, we specialize in two-phase orthodontic treatment. That doesn’t mean every child that walks into our office will require two-phase treatment. Some patients might go into our complimentary growth and guidance program where we can monitor the development of their teeth. Our doctors will only recommend two-phase treatment when they feel it is absolutely necessary.