Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month
The entire month of February has been deemed National Children’s Dental Health Month and we couldn’t be more excited. This whole month is dedicated to promoting the benefits of proper oral hygiene for children.
How to Celebrate
This year, the ADA had designated February 6th as the Give Kids a Smile Day. Many dentists around the country are offering free care to children. In addition, the entire month features lessons on dental care from professionals, educators and healthcare staff.
Scheduling those early age dental visits is the key to starting your kid off to a healthy mouth. Why not make this the month to schedule that next appointment? There are also free resources to help you make the most of the month at ADA.org.
Proper Dental Care for Children
• Aside from making this a special month, there are steps every family should be taking to ensure proper dental health for their children.
• Teach them to brush their teeth twice a day. This should be done with an ADA-approved toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
• Show them how to floss their mouths daily to remove the debris and plaque from between the teeth. Once it hardens, it becomes tartar which is impossible to remove without a dental cleaning.
• Feed them a healthy diet consisting of plenty of water, fruits and vegetables. Limit their intake of sugary foods or starchy items. When they are consumed, teach them to rinse the mouth immediately afterward.
• Ensure that your child’s water is fluoridated. If you find that your local or bottled water is not fluoridated, you’ll want to discuss available supplements with the dentist.
• Take your child to regular dental appointments and discuss other preventive measures toward a healthy mouth. Technology continues to change and offer innovations that have been helpful in giving children beautiful smiles.
This February, let’s all work together for the sake of our children’s teeth. The steps we take today will ensure a bright and happy future as they continue to grow. Discuss any concerns or questions with your child’s dentist in 46229 at their next cleaning, or give our office a call today at (317) 897-5093.