To many, February means cards and chocolate, but for others, there's another reason February is so special – it’s National Children's Dental Health Month. Sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA), this month is a time to increase awareness about pediatric dental hygiene.
Following are 5 ways you can promote awareness of this observance.
- Schedule an appointment. One of the best ways you can celebrate is to schedule an appointment at your dentist's office. Regular cleanings should happen every 6 months, and the more exposure to the dentist that you give your kids, the more comfortable they'll be when they visit the office.
- Buy new toothbrushes. Did you know that you're supposed to replace your toothbrushes every 3 to 4 months because frayed bristles decrease the effectiveness of it? This is the ideal time to toss out old toothbrushes and let your kids choose toothbrushes with their favorite characters on them and toothpaste that they'll like to use.
- Color a chart. The ADA offers coloring pages and activities online to help celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month. Choose a chart-based coloring page, and have your kids color and customize a reminder to hang in the bathroom as motivation.
- Do a brushing checkup. Take some time this month to supervise your children’s brushing habits. You might find that one child brushes with only water and the other skips floss altogether. By performing a checkup, you can see what steps they are missing and instruct them in the correct way to brush their teeth.
- Show plaque. Because plaque is difficult for kids to see, they may not understand why it's so important to brush well. A demonstration with your child using a plaque-disclosing tablet will reveal plaque on the teeth. Then, look in a mirror together, and point out areas where plaque likes to hide, such as along the gum line and on tooth surfaces. Invite your kids to brush the color away.
With a focus on oral hygiene and health, National Children's Dental Health Month may be even more important than Valentine's Day this February. By learning about proper dental hygiene as a family, you can get your kids more excited to brush every day and night.
Call our office today to schedule a consultation. If you bring them in now, their next appointment will be just in time for their back-to-school checkup!