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Feb 1 • 3 minute read

Tooth Talk: Northwest Dental's Expert Insights on Children's Oral Health 

In the embrace of February, a month known for love, we find another reason to celebrate: Children's Oral Health Month. Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health and help set good dental habits as your child grows. Our team of professionals at Northwest Dental is here to help you learn how best to prepare your little ones for strong, healthy teeth. Let's dive into some of the top FAQs related to children in dentistry.


When should my child have their first dental visit?

  • It's recommended that children have their first dental visit by their first birthday or within six months after their first tooth erupts. Early dental visits help prevent potential dental issues and familiarize your child with the dental environment. 

How can I ensure my child develops good oral hygiene habits?

  • Start early! Begin cleaning your baby's gums with a soft cloth and introduce a toothbrush when the first tooth appears. Brush your child's teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and encourage them to spit out excess toothpaste.

Are dental X-rays safe for children?

  • Yes, dental X-rays are safe, and they play a crucial role in identifying potential dental problems. At Northwest Dental, we use modern, low-radiation digital x-rays that further minimize exposure.

What should I do if my child is afraid of visiting the dentist?

  • It's common for children to feel anxious. Our friendly Omaha dental team is experienced in dealing with pediatric patients. We create a positive and welcoming environment, explaining procedures in a child-friendly manner to ease any fears.
  • Northwest Dental’s No Cavity Club is where little smile heroes unite against sugar bugs! Kiddos under sixteen can enter our No-Cavity Club by acing two dental exams in a row without a hint of cavities.

Is fluoride treatment necessary for children?

  • Fluoride is essential for strengthening teeth and preventing cavities. Depending on your child's oral health, Dr. Wacchotlz may recommend fluoride treatments to ensure optimal dental development.

How can I prevent cavities in my child's teeth?

  • Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, but cleaning every nook and cranny of your child’s teeth is not always easy. We encourage parents to limit sugary snacks and beverages for their children by having a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables.  
  • Ensuring your child has a regular regular oral routine. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes and flossing once daily to ensure the teeth and gums remain healthy.
  • Adhering to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendation of visiting your local Omaha dentist every six months for a regular checkup and dental cleaning for early detection of any potential issues.
  • Investing in dental sealants for your child’s smile. Sealants are essentially “raincoats” for your child’s teeth. They’re a thin plastic material that applies to the chewing surfaces, which helps protect teeth from plaque and acid attacks. Once a sealant is intact, the sealed surface will be protected from decay. Sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars.

What should I do if my child loses a baby tooth prematurely?

  • If a baby tooth is lost too early due to injury or decay, it's crucial to consult our team at Northwest Dental. Losing a baby tooth prematurely can affect the alignment of permanent teeth.

Looking for a family dentist in Omaha, Nebraska?

Northwest Dental Associates is always welcoming new patients of all ages. As we celebrate Children's Oral Health Month, Northwest Dental is committed to providing personalized and compassionate dental care for your little ones. Throughout February, our practice will be celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month by offering:

  • Our favorite crafts
  • Teaching aids, including a brushing teeth chart
  • Activities 
  • Giveaways 

Our goal is to help your family form healthy habits that last! Please schedule an appointment with us to ensure your child's smile remains bright and healthy for a lifetime. 

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