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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Ladera, CA – February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a perfect time to put oral hygiene and care front and center. The orthodontists at Ladera Orthodontics work hard to help all of their patients understand how important good oral care is to their overall health.

“We are orthodontists and that means we are also dentists,” says Dr. Robert Gire. “We take the health of our patient’s smile very seriously and that means not only creating straighter, more beautiful smiles, but helping our patients understand how to care for those smiles so they last a lifetime.”

National Children’s Dental Health Month has now been recognized for more than 60 years and putting children’s oral health in the forefront is still as important as ever. Early childhood caries, or tooth decay, is actually the most common chronic disease in children. However, tooth decay is entirely preventable with good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist. And your orthodontist can even play a role in ensuring your child has a healthier smile.

“Orthodontic treatment can help improve your child’s oral health,” says Dr. Reza Salmassian. “Crooked and crowded teeth are often much harder to keep clean, making your child more susceptible to decay, and later, gum disease. Orthodontic treatment through braces can align the teeth properly making it easier for your child’s toothbrush to easily brush away debris and bacteria.”

Poor oral health can have many consequences for children. Reports show that American children miss nearly 51 million school hours each year due to oral health problems and children who experience mouth pain are four times more likely to have lower grade point averages than those who have healthy mouths.

It is important to begin a good oral care routine with your child at a young age. By beginning early, your child will always remember it being a part of their lives. That means brushing twice a day and flossing at least once, eating a balanced diet, avoiding sugary beverages, visiting a dentist every six months, and having the first consultation with an orthodontist at the age of seven.

To learn more about National Children’s Dental Health Month, or to download activities for your children, visit the American Dental Association’s website.

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