Dental Health Starts as a Child
Teaching your child proper oral care at a young age is an investment in their lifelong health.
Campi Cares is the philanthropic effort of All in the Family Dental Care located in Wall, NJ led by Karen & Cheryl Campi. Created to get involved in the community they schedule numerous forums to speak about overall health and wellness, nutrition and education throughout the year. The month of February is Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month so they would like to raise awareness about the importance of oral health starting at a young age.
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. You can start by setting an example; taking good care of your own teeth sends a message that oral health is something to be valued. Anything that makes taking care of teeth fun, like brushing along with your child or letting them choose their own toothbrush, encourages proper oral care.
- At about age two, it’s okay to start using fluoride toothpaste—but make sure there’s no swallowing.
- Want to teach the proper length of time for brushing? Try singing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” or another upbeat favorite for two minutes.
- Usually by ages three or four, all 20 primary or “baby” teeth have appeared. Permanent, or “adult,” teeth appear by age six and may continue to emerge into the teen years.
- If you have a toddler who is afraid of the dentist, you might make your little one more comfortable by letting him or her sit in your lap during the exam.