The month of February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!
Navesink Dental Care would like to take the opportunity to help encourage the benefits of good oral health to children, their parents, and teachers.
Tooth decay is the number one chronic disease among children, even over asthma, early childhood obesity, and diabetes. This is why it is crucial to instill good dental habits at a young age. Navesink Dental Care wants to make your child’s dental visit a positive and educational experience by teaching your child how to brush and floss their teeth correctly and to discuss the importance of oral hygiene.
For babies, a good dental routine includes wiping the gums two times each day with a soft clean cloth in the morning and before bed. This helps to wipe away any bacteria or sugars that may potentially contribute to decay. Once the teeth come in, brush them twice a day with a small soft-bristles toothbrush with water only. It is recommended to visit the dentist by the time of a baby’s first birthday to spot any problem signs early on. Finally, children should brush their teeth twice a day and flossing daily as well. Be sure to watch children under the age of 6 brush their teeth to make sure they only use a pea size amount of toothpaste and that they do not swallow it.
We understand that most children fear the going to the dentist or have some form of dental anxiety, but it doesn’t have to be that way! In addition to focusing on a positive experience, our Red Bank dentists offer nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas, to help create a more relaxed experience for your child. And for children 15 or older with severe dental anxiety, we also offer oral sedation that often results in the patient falling asleep from the level of relaxation.