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4 Common Dental Health Mistakes Made By Parents

Family of 4 playing in fall leavesDental cavities and tooth decay are the number one childhood disease in America. In fact, around 42%, almost half of all American kids have had dental cavities in their baby teeth. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent your children from experiencing childhood dental problems.

Common Dental Mistakes Parents Make

Below are 4 of the most common dental mistakes made by well-meaning parents. Avoiding these mistakes is a great start towards helping your kids have cavity-free childhoods:

  1. Waiting to make your child’s first appointment – The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has requested that you take your child for their first dental visit either by the emergence of their first tooth or by their first birthday. After this first visit, you should take your child in for checkups every six months.
  2. Skipping fluoride – While fluoride was once controversial, experts agree that it’s a great way to help prevent dental cavities in kids. However, it is important that you use the correct amount. For kids younger than 2, we recommend a grain-of-rice-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and for kids over 2, a pea-sized amount.
  3. Putting your kids to bed with sugary drinks – ‘Bottle rot’ is the name for this kind of tooth decay. If you’re putting your child to bed with a bottle or cup of juice, milk, or any other beverage besides water, your child may be at risk for bottle rot. Allowing your child to have sugary drinks at bedtime will ensure that the sugar is able to sit on his or her teeth all night, breaking down tooth enamel and growing bacteria.
  4. Allowing your children to brush alone – Lastly, until your child is 7 or 8 years old, we recommend supervising them during brushing. This is to ensure that each tooth is being properly cleaned, that the brushing lasts the full 2 minutes, and that your child is spitting out excess toothpaste instead of swallowing it.

If you would like to make an appointment for your child, please don’t hesitate to contact Balota Family Dentistry here in Colorado Springs, CO. We proudly serve the communities of Colorado Springs, Northwest Colorado Springs, West Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs, and surrounding areas. Find a local dentist in Colorado Springs today!

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