Kid Brushing Teeth

A Healthy Smile for Your Child

Smile! At AltaMed, we’re here to make sure your children have strong, healthy teeth.

Did you know that 20% of kids between 5 and 11 years old have at least one untreated cavity?

Cavities that go unfixed can lead to problems and get in your child’s way of eating, speaking, and even learning.

That’s why it’s essential to schedule regular trips to the dentist, set a good example for them, and follow these easy tips to keep your child’s teeth looking good (and yours, too!):

  • Remind your child to brush their teeth three times a day. Brushing after meals helps remove build-up around the teeth and gums.
  • Limit the amount of sweets your child eats every day. Sugary foods like candy, or drinks such as soda and juice can increase the chances of getting a cavity.
  • Be sure to schedule a dental checkup for your kids every six months to help catch problems before they start.
  • Ask about sealants. Sealants protect your child’s back teeth from cavities and tooth decay. You can learn more about them here.

You love to see your children smile. We do too! Help them maintain healthy teeth that will last a lifetime.

Call to make a dental appointment today at (888) 499-9309

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Dental Health Month

Make Sure Your Child Keeps Those Pearly Whites Intact

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and we want to ensure that your children have happy and healthy smiles.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 5 children ages 5 to 11 have at least one untreated cavity. Untreated cavities can lead to problems with eating, speaking and learning. Additionally, untreated decay can lead to major health problems and even death.

Here are a few tips to help your children maintain beautiful smiles and avoid potential health problems:

  • Have your child brush their teeth three times a day
  • Limit sugary foods and drinks, like candy, soda and juice
  • Take your child for a dental checkup every six months
  • Ask your child’s dentist about sealants, which can protect your child’s teeth from cavities

Give Kids a Smile

During the month of February, AltaMed participated in the Give Kids a Smile campaign because your child’s oral health is important to us. Our ultimate goal is provide a pleasurable experience at our dental offices and show children that going to the dentist can be fun.

Visit any of our dental offices and protect your child from cavities. Call to make a dental appointment for your child today at (888) 499-9309.

Trick or Teeth

Trick or Teeth! Tips to a Healthy Halloween!

It’s no coincidence that National Oral Health Month and Halloween are during the same time of year. With Halloween right around the corner, most children focus on the free candy and easy access to sweets. Not only are children smitten by all of the yummy treats, this holiday can be pretty tempting for adults, too.

AltaMed wants to help ensure you and your family’s oral health is up to par during this spooky month. The American Dental Association has a few tips and tricks to keep your family’s “fangs” healthy this Halloween:

  • Don’t allow sticky treats to play tricks on your family’s teeth. Sticky candy can cling to your teeth and increase your risk for tooth decay. Try to stay away from gummy bears and taffy to avoid an extra trip to the dentist.
  • Brush and floss teeth. Brushing your teeth and flossing every day is important, especially on Halloween. Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. This ensures that sugar will not be sitting on your teeth all night and decreases the risk of getting cavities. Make sure you floss at least once a day to remove any decay-causing germs between your teeth that your toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Flossing also helps remove plaque and food particles underneath your gum line.
  • Drink plenty of water between rounds of candy. Make sure you and your family drink plenty of water while they’re consuming their Halloween treats. Drinking water is one of the easiest and most beneficial things a person can do to help prevent tooth decay.
  • Limit the amount of candy you and your family consume. Moderation is key! Give your child one or two pieces of candy a day to ensure they are not consuming an unhealthy amount of sugar. You can also pack two pieces of candy for your lunch as well. Typically, you’re less inclined to think about sweets when you have
    a few throughout the day. This also leaves less candy to munch on later at home, while watching television or doing homework.

We all have our favorite Halloween sweets or drinks. Enjoy these tricky treats in moderation while doing minimal damage to your teeth.

A Healthy Smile for Your Child