What’s the best gift you can give your children during the holiday season? Your little ones may not realize it yet, but we think it’s a lifetime of strong, healthy smiles. Preventive care is the best way to keep a child’s teeth and gums happy for years to come. There’s never been a better time to schedule a checkup and cleaning than during the holiday season. And even better — Ace Dental is your Medicaid dentist in Taylor, TX!
Give Your Children the Best Gift This Holiday Season
Preventive dental care couldn’t be more important during childhood. When your little one feels great about her smile, she’s more confident. Her nutrition improves, too, because she can eat all the crunchy, healthy foods and snacks you want her to have.
But what’s the key to healthy teeth and gums? Regular visits to the dentist. Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease. Guard your little one’s teeth by helping her make it to the dentist twice a year! This important preventive dental care is a big part of your child’s Medicaid plan.
During a six month checkups and cleaning at Ace Dental, one of our friendly dental hygienists will remove the plaque and tartar that cause cavities and infection. Then, your little one’s dentist will check any x-rays we have taken and perform a visual inspection of her mouth, tooth-by-tooth. If issues like cavities or infection are detected, a plan for restorative care is put in place. CHIP or Children’s Medicaid plans also cover dental sealants and fluoride treatments for prevention of future cavities.
Good At-Home Hygiene Is Important, Too
In addition to visiting the dentist regularly, make sure you are helping your child develop excellent hygiene habits at home, too. People of all ages should brush their teeth for two minutes, at least twice a day, and floss once a day.
If you have trouble getting your child into a dental hygiene routine, try these steps.
- Make brushing and flossing a family event. Your little one is more likely to participate when she sees everyone else taking care of their teeth, too.
- Pick up a toothbrush with her favorite television or movie character on it.
- Start a sticker chart, or keep track of good brushing and flossing on the calendar. It’s a physical record that will help your child visualize the progress she’s making.
- Set a good example yourself — you are your little one’s biggest role model, after all!
Let us know if your child is reluctant to brush or floss, or if she has trouble maintaining excellent technique. We take a friendly approach with our littlest patients, and we can talk to her about the importance of good brushing and flossing at home!
Schedule an Appointment Today!
When was your child’s last visit to the dentist? If it’s been more than six months, she’s overdue. Don’t forget that regular preventive care is crucial for protecting the smile from cavities and gum disease. Take advantage of your child’s Medicaid or CHIP benefits and book a visit today!