National Children's Dental Health Month

  • Posted On : 2 Feb 2017
  • By: Dr. Kinsey Walters
  • In Dentistry

Tooth be told, we love our patients!

February is National Children's Dental Health Month. This Valentine's Day, we've joined forces with the American Dental Association to bring you 5 helpful ways to prevent kids' tooth decay.

Care don't share

Don't share utensils with your child or "clean" a pacifier by putting it in your mouth. You can transfer cavity-causing germs to your child.

Eat healthy and drink fluoridated water

Studies show up to a 40 percent reduction in cavities following community water fluoridation. Fluoride effectively helps control and heal early signs of tooth decay!

Child's first dental visit

We recommend a child's first dental exam at 3 years old, unless the parent sees a problem before then.

Seal out decay

Ask your dentist about applying dental sealants to chewing surfaces of teeth. Sealants are safe and effective in preventing and arresting pit-and-fissure occlusal cavities of primary and permanent molars.

Use fluoride toothpaste when ready

We don't recommend giving children toothpaste with fluoride in it until 3 to 5, when they are less likely to swallow the toothpaste. When kids can brush their own teeth, have them brush two minutes twice a day using only a pea sized amount of tooth paste, reminding them not to swallow.

Dr. Kinsey Walters

Dentist, Maple Hills Family Dentistry

Dr. Kinsey Walters has been providing comfortable, quality dental work in the Kansas City area for over 10 years. She strives to provide each patient a gentle, comfortable experience, and tries to treat each patient like she would a family friend. She grew up in Wichita, KS and still cheers for the Wichita State Shockers. She attended Kansas State University, and graduated with a degree in Spanish before attending dental school at UMKC.