February was National Children’s Dental Health Month and we hope that you and your children were able to pick up some knowledge out there while it was going on! We thought we’d do a quick run-down just in case you missed anything, so you can make sure your child has the healthiest smile around. It’ll be quick and painless, we promise.
You might not be familiar with National Children’s Dental Health Month (we admit it’s not necessarily the most observed of times – let’s work on that!), but it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like – a month-long national health observance bringing together thousands of dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, and etc. This year’s slogan was, “Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile”. During February, a LOT of places were sharing ways for parents and kids to maintain good oral health by brushing, flossing and eating healthy. That’s what we’re going to review today!
Here are a few of the things you might have learned this past month:
- First things first, make sure you’re having your children for 2 minutes twice a day. This website has fun videos that are 2 minutes long for your child to watch while they brush their teeth to help them time it!
- Nutrition is key! Make sure your child is eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits & veggies and try to limit snacks to mealtimes.
- When it comes to bottles, you only want formula, milk or breast milk in them. Don’t give your child a bottle filled with juice or soda!
- A back-to-school dental appointment is KEY. Of course, regular dental appointments are important but this one is one of the best ways to help identify and fight cavities!
- Going to the dentist can cause anxiety in the bravest of us but when it comes to your children, check your anxiety at the door. Kids can pick up on your emotions making them anxious as well. Encourage them to ask the dentist any questions they have instead of you (aka “will this hurt?”) so the dentist can build rapport and ease any fears they may have.
Obviously, there’s a ton of knowledge to be had when it comes to children and their teeth – we wouldn’t have a yearly health observance if not! These tips and facts (particularly #1) are some of the most important in making sure your children have the brightest, healthiest smiles around.
Every child 14 years old and under should receive fluoride treatments, at a dental office, every six months so that teeth become harder and more resistant to decay. Both you and your children should receive clinical exams and routine dental cleanings at least every six months. Preventing dental problems is key to a beautiful smile! So, on that note come visit us at Rutherford Cosmetic Dentistry in Rutherford, NJ and we would love to see how we can help keep that beautiful white smile =).