Honoring National Children’s Dental Health Month

While February is home to Valentine’s Day and Groundhog Day, it’s also a month that celebrates something related to oral health. It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month! How does one celebrate this type of holiday, you wonder? Well, it’s more of a month-long spotlight on children’s dental care and how to make sure your sons and daughters are enjoying excellent dental hygiene (and receiving the professional treatments they need). Ready for a quick review?

Smile Care Tips For Home

Children’s dental care at home is quite easy, once you get everyone on board (granted, that can take a bit of time). Consider the guidelines and helpful advice we have to offer you and your family:

  • Use soft bristled brushes for the whole family
  • Have your little ones use children’s toothpaste (it needs to have fluoride in it)
  • Brush two times a day (and floss one time a day)
  • Try to stick to a schedule, so your children expect dental hygiene time
  • Dance around when you’re done, turn on some music as you brush, or find another way to make the experience fun!

What To Expect Regarding Visits

Just like we suggest for you, we recommend that you bring your son or daughter into our practice for preventive care visits. Cleanings allow us to remove plaque and tartar, while checkups let us monitor your child’s developing smile. As a result, we can guide teeth and gums toward proper growth and address any issues that may arise. We also suggest the following:

  • Children’s dental care is strengthened by the placement of dental sealants, which help your child avoid cavities in back teeth
  • Fluoride treatments are very beneficial because they assist in keeping teeth strong, hard, and free of decay