The Truth Behind the Tooth: Why Good Dental Health is Important
Did You Know?
According to research, the most common disease in America today is tooth decay. It affects children across the country every year in terms of their health, well-being, self-image, and even their academic achievement. So much so, that the Surgeon General has made children's oral health a national priority.
- 50% of first graders suffer tooth decay
- 80% of 17 year-olds suffer tooth decay
- Children nationwide will miss a total of 52 million hours of school and nearly 12.5 million days of restricted activity each year due to issues with oral health
Take Steps Towards a Healthy Smile Today
Whether you're an adult, child, teen, or something in between, there are things you can do to begin safeguarding your oral health and dental care. The American Dental Hygiene Association suggests the following:
- Thoroughly clean infant gums after each feeding with a water-soaked infant cloth to remove food and stimulate gum tissue
- As early as age three teach kids about proper brushing techniques utilizing fluoridated toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrushes.
- Begin flossing gently as early as age seven
- Regularly visit our office!
- Encourage a positive connotation with the word "dentist" by avoiding words such as "pain" or "hurt" when discussing visits
- Consider having a fluoridated home water supply
- Ask your dental care hygienist or dentist about sealed applicants to protect your child's teeth-chewing surfaces
Where to Start
It is important to begin proper oral and dental care early in life. Begin taking steps to ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles by booking an appointment with Kids First Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics today. Our talented, friendly staff at our Fairfield and Norwalk offices look forward to working with you!