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Introducing Healthy
Dental Habits for Life
By Chie Li Ee DMD and Gina Pratta

Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a
good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. In celebration of National Children’s Dental
Health Month, we will answer some common questions about your child’s dental care.
Q: At what age should I begin a daily oral hygiene
regimen with my child?
A: Good oral habits should begin before the teeth grow in.
This may involve using gauze to wipe the gums or a soft bristled
toothbrush to clean the plaque from newly erupting baby teeth.
By age two when most children have all their primary teeth, it is
important to introduce flossing to prevent tooth decay and gum
disease. Brushing and flossing with your children is great way for
parents to promote these healthy habits.
Q: What is the best age for a child’s first dental visit?
A: A child’s first dental visit should be around 2-3 years of age. It
is crucial for parents to create a positive experience for their child’s
first dental visit. Getting children to associate a positive experience
with going to the dentist is an important step in preventing dental
fears from developing.
Q: What are the benefits of fluoride?
A: Fluoride is a very helpful tool in achieving good oral health.
It is a nutritional supplement that strengthens tooth enamel and
prevents cavities. Make sure to ask your pediatrician for fluoride

drops for your baby or multi vitamins containing fluoride.
In-office topical fluoride applications, rinses and fluoride
toothpastes are other methods to assist in cavity prevention.
Q: What are sealants and how can they prevent
A: Permanent teeth start to erupt at 6 to 7years of age. Once
the permanent molars erupt, it is important to consider sealants to
help prevent cavities in chewing surfaces. Sealants create a barrier,
protecting the enamel in cavity prone areas from decay causing
bacteria and plaque.
Q: How can I protect my child’s teeth during athletic
A: Remembering to protect your child’s teeth during sports is
also crucial to optimal oral health. A mouth guard is an essential
piece of athletic equipment that can help prevent broken teeth and
jaw injuries. Because sports-related injuries can cost thousands
of dollars in treatment, a custom mouth guard is a worthwhile

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