If you thought February was only for love and exchanging valentines, think again. Take a look in the mirror and preen everybody for a family picture. Ta-da! It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month!
The month showcases good dental care, which starts in pregnancy, becomes normal in childhood and teen years, and carries on throughout life.
In many ways, good dental health is just another healthy habit learned in childhood. It begins at home. If people do it when they’re young, they’ll do it when they’re older.
Dentist's recommendations for good dental health for children are simple: checkups twice yearly, a healthy daily diet, and daily maintenance throughout the year.
Parent should bring their children to the dentist when they come themselves, as children learn good dental habits from their parents
The checkup, literally a hands-on experience, teaches oral health care. In age-appropriate measures, a child learns to brush, floss, rinse, spit.
Always use a soft-bristle brush; there are sizes appropriate for infants, young children and teens. Get a new brush when the bristles become worn, and use fluoride toothpaste.
A checkup also teaches how to floss. Take short stretches of floss between the fingers of both hands and floss between the teeth. Go up under the gums and not just between the teeth.
To make going to the dentist twice a year a positive experience, start with the appointment time. Appointments should be made in the morning when a child is not too tired or hungry.
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