Valentine’s Day isn’t the only thing worth celebrating this February! There’s a much more tooth-friendly occasion on the calendar. The entire month marks a time for awareness of children’s dental health. Of course, you’re already doing everything you can to care for your kids, but it never hurts to take a second look at their oral hygiene.
Kids can need a lot of coddling to take care of their teeth. While we see them in the office every six months, their daily cleaning, diet, and habits are what really impact their oral health. Make sure those day-to-day moments are building strong teeth, rather than tearing them down. This month, try some of the following to see healthy smiles in the future.
Helping Your Kids Embrace Healthy Teeth
Brush and floss as a family – Cleaning your teeth together gives you a chance to keep an eye on your kids’ oral hygiene. Are they actually brushing? Are they doing it for long enough? Are they being careful to brush every surface of their teeth? Hop in front of the sink with them and you’ll get some answers, plus a little extra bonding time (and cleaner teeth).
Find some brushing music – Proper brushing takes at least two minutes. This is enough time to clean all your tooth surfaces and your tongue. Most of us don’t brush for long enough, and kids benefit from some timing aids. Find a song your kids enjoy that’s about 2 minutes long so that they can keep track of their brushing time.
Get your kids new toothbrushes – Toothbrushes and electronic brush heads should be swapped out for new ones every three months, or after significant colds/flus. Make this an opportunity to get some new dental products for your family.
Rethink your grocery list – Try to cut down on sugary snack foods and prioritize fruit, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and unsweetened dairy.
Schedule your next family dental exams – It’s never too early to get exams on the calendar! Contact us today.
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