By Wilmington Dental Associates
February 02, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Find out why a healthy mouth in young children can equate to healthy smiles in the future.

You would probably agree that nothing is more important than the health of your child. But what does their health mean to you? When children's oral healthyou think about your child's physical health, you may think about their vision, their heart, or their limbs. The oral health of your child is just as important. From the office of our Wilmington, DE family dentists Dr. Michael Lenz and Dr. Anthony Vattilana, find out the importance of good dental health in children.

Children and Cavities

Your child should start seeing the dentists in Wilmington, DE by their first birthday. The sooner you can start establishing rapport with us the better for your child. While it might not seem possible, children can also develop cavities. In fact, with the increase in processed, sugary foods consumed, there are more and more children developing dental caries. Poor diet and poor oral care are two of the biggest culprits for decay.

The Importance of Oral Care

By brushing your child’s teeth twice a day for a minimum of two minutes, as well as flossing between their teeth and along the gumline, you can ensure that their teeth develop strong and healthy. Brushing is an integral part of everyday hygiene and your child should start adopting these habits the minute their first tooth erupts. If you have any questions about how to care for your child’s smile, your children’s dentists in Wilmington, DE can offer up some helpful advice.

Young children may not have the dexterity or skills necessary to brush on their own until they are seven. Parents can help by brushing their child’s teeth until they reach about six years old. After the age of six, they should still supervise their oral hygiene routine until around 12 years old. By maintaining good at-home care, your child can also enjoy their healthy, cavity-free smile for years to come.

If it’s time for your child’s six-month cleaning and exam give your Wilmington, DE dentists Drs. Lenz and Vattilana a call today. Turn to Wilmington Dental Associates to properly care for every smile in your family.

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