February is also National Children’s Dental Health Month. Annually, the American Dental Association mobilizes states, societies, and dentists across the nation to raise awareness of the importance of children’s dental health. Excellent oral care habits and regular dental visits will help children develop and maintain healthy smiles for a lifetime.

Pediatric dentists specialize in the oral care of all young patients, from birth to adulthood. We encourage parents to bring children to the dentist between the ages of six months and one year. Our team will provide hygiene instructions to help you care for your child’s smile, and we will demonstrate how to clean your child’s teeth. We will also discuss diets and the use of bottles and sippy cups. If needed, our dentists can provide fluoride treatment.

At Children's Dental Specialists of Lake County, our goal is to help your child enjoy a life free of tooth decay. We know that children who enjoy positive experiences at the dentist will be more likely to seek regular dental care later in life. We strive to make each child’s visit comfortable and fun.

As a parent, you can help your child prepare for their first visit by reading dental books for kids, many of which can be found at your local library. You can also describe the visit to your child using positive language and assurance. At your child’s visits you will notice that we at Children's Dental Specialists of Lake County have developed special terms for the dental procedures so your child’s visit will be more positive.

Your child is most at risk for cavities during their pre-pubescent years. All children are at risk of decay as soon as they receive their first tooth. An aggressive type of decay, known as early childhood caries, can destroy tooth enamel and weaken the smile. Your pediatric dentist can advise on healthy diets and hygiene habits to avoid this disease.

February is an excellent time to start focusing on your child’s dental health. Join Children's Dental Specialists of Lake County and the American Dental Association in prioritizing healthy mouths for kids. Contact Drs. Richards and Miller today to learn how you can become more involved in pediatric dentistry in Mentor, Ohio.