Keep Your Kids Happy and Healthy By Celebrating Their Dental Health

Amy Uncategorized

You work hard to make sure your kids are well taken care of, and even harder to make sure they know they are loved. But this February there is a holiday to help you do both; it’s National Children’s Dental Health Month! February may be known mostly as Cupid’s territory, but the American Dental Association is hoping parents will take this opportunity to also remind their kids of the importance of oral health, including preventive dental care! Your pediatric dentist is a great source of help in keeping your kids’ smiles healthy. But this month, check out some of the amazing online resources also designed to make your job as their dental advocate a little easier.

Where Parents Can Find Help

The ADA’s website is filled with helpful resources designed specifically for parents, including timelines for treatment and common dental struggles for children.

Another great resource in your quest to teach them about dental health, is the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website, which has provided complimentary illustrated booklets for children of all ages, each with important lessons about oral care. This February consider printing some out to review with your kids, and remember to help make dental hygiene fun for them. Playing a song that indicates how long to brush, letting them choose their own brushes, and even flossing as a family are a few simple ideas to implement.

How Your Dentist Can Help

Your general dentist is a great resource as well. Starting at age one, keep in mind that it is important to take your child for regular dental visits. This is important for removing any plaque buildup that has calcified, and preventing common dental issues like cavities and gum disease. It’s also a great opportunity for the dentist to help you teach your kids proper brushing and flossing technique, and even dietary tips that can help keep their teeth strong. These are skills and knowledge they can take with them throughout their lives, to help enjoy great oral health. So make sure you do what you can to build a firm foundation of dental knowledge.