Typically, when we think of February, we think of Valentine’s and Groundhog’s Day and cold and snow and cold…at least if you live in Ohio. But February is also National Children’s Dental Health Month, which has been celebrated, in one form or another, for over 70 years. The purpose of giving attention to children’s dental health is to raise awareness and magnify the importance of starting patterns of good oral habits early in life. After all, tooth decay and cavities are the most chronic diseases seen in children today. Teachers, grandparents, dentists, parents and other adults have the ability to educate children about the importance of caring for their teeth. The simplest way to help kids is to:
- remind them to brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes
- schedule visits twice a year to see their dentist
- limit their intake of sugary candies and drinks
- model how to properly floss and brush
- switch out brushes every 3-6 months
Setting the foundation early on for children will help lead them to success in the future when it comes to oral health. Consider bringing in your child to meet the dentist and to answer any questions they may have about their teeth! We would love to put you at ease and assist in kick starting their smile career.