February: National Children’s Dental Health Month
DENTAL HEALTH MONTH
Every February is a month-long national health observance that focuses on promoting the importance of good dental hygiene in children. Each year, thousands of dedicated educators, healthcare providers and professionals come together to educate parents and teachers on the importance of instilling good oral health practices at a young age. Keep reading to learn how to get your children to brush and floss their teeth this National Children’s Dental Health Month.
Dental care begins before your child’s first tooth arrives. Dentists recommend wiping down your infant’s gums every night with a soft, damp cloth. Start using a toothbrush when their teeth come in, and start flossing once the teeth start touching. Teeth normally come in around 6 months and start to touch around 2 or 3 years of age. Schedule a dentist appointment by your child’s first birthday and ask your child’s dentist about semi-annual checkups.
TURN IT INTO A GAME
There are many ways to turn good dental hygiene into a game for children. Music is a great way to keep children entertained. Get your child a toothbrush that will play music for two minutes, or download the free Brush DJ app on your phone. This app will play songs from your music library for two minutes. It also allows you to set reminders to brush twice daily, floss, use mouthwash and visit your dentist for your six-month checkup.
SET A GOOD EXAMPLE
Leading by example is one of the most effective ways to get your children to brush and floss their teeth regularly. If your daughter sees you flossing your teeth every night, she is much more likely to floss her teeth herself. Children love to emulate their parents.
Dental Health Month is a great time to being to instill the importance of good dental hygiene in your child. Remember, start good dental hygiene practices early, make them fun and be a good role model to your children. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your child or yourself.