The ADA officially recognized February as National Children’s Dental Health Month in the 1940’s in Cleveland Ohio. Each year, the ADA comes up with a focus for their oral health promotion campaign. From flossing to fluoride, these topics remind parents and children why their teeth are so important.
What Can I Do to Teach My Kid’s Proper Oral Hygiene?
Our staff recommends you take the following steps with your children to set them up for dental success:
- 2x2 - Brush and floss gently for two minutes each, twice a day. Set a timer or play a song to brush long enough, and remind kids to use light pressure and not swallow toothpaste or mouthwash.
- Eat Healthy - A nutritious diet is important for everyone in your family. Reduce sweet treats and sugary drinks like soda and fruit juices and eliminate snacking if possible, because these can exacerbate tooth decay which is prevalent in kids.
- See Your Dental Provider - while taking good care of your teeth at home and eating right are crucial to oral health, you’ll always need professional care to make sure your smile is on the right track. Visit your provider twice a year for exams and cleanings and be sure to take your little ones to the dentist for their first visit before they turn one year old.
- Set a Good Example - Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day (in the morning and at bedtime) and floss once a day.
Young children will want to brush their own teeth, but they will need help until their hand skills are better. Help children brush their teeth until they are about 7-8 years old or until they are able to tie their own shoes.
Now that you’re more educated about National Children’s Dental Health Month, give our office a call to get your kids scheduled for their next checkup.