Get Your Dental Questions Answered!

Join The Hamilton County Health Department and their Health Education Specialist, Kaylen Underhill, for a Q & A on Children’s Dental Health.

At what age should parents start taking their children to the dentist?
Parents should schedule their child’s first dental visit by their first birthday or within six months of the first tooth emerging. Early dental check-ups allow for early detection of potential issues and provide guidance on proper oral care.

How can parents promote good dental health in their children?
Parents should encourage regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste, ensure a balanced diet with limited sugary snacks, and schedule routine dental check-ups. Teaching proper brushing techniques and flossing habits is also essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

How does a child’s diet impact their dental health?
Encouraging a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and dairy products contributes to strong teeth. Limiting sugary snacks and beverages, especially between meals, helps prevent tooth decay.

How can parents address common dental concerns such as thumb-sucking or pacifier use?
Parents should consider consulting with a pediatric dentist if they’re unable to break these habits. Timely intervention can prevent potential dental misalignments and ensure the proper development of the child’s oral structures.

How important is fluoride in children’s dental health?
Fluoride is instrumental in preventing tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel. Parents can ensure their children receive an adequate amount of fluoride through fluoridated water, fluoride toothpaste, and professional fluoride treatments during dental visits.

How can parents make oral hygiene routines more engaging for their kids?
Parents can allow kids to choose their toothbrush and toothpaste and use educational tools or apps to make brushing fun. Positive reinforcement and praise for good oral hygiene is also a plus.

How can I learn more?
Join the Hamilton County Health Department and Trinity Free Clinic for a FREE Children’s Dental Health webinar for parents on Wednesday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m. Please click HERE to register.

The Hamilton County Health Department is offering a valuable opportunity for parents and caregivers in the community with their upcoming series of free monthly webinars on children’s health in 2024. Led by experts in the field, these webinars aim to provide valuable information and resources to promote the well-being of children. 

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