The month of February typically revolves around showering your family and friends with love, flowers and chocolates for Valentine’s Day, however the month of February is also National Children’s Dental Health Month! Our team of dental professionals encourages you to as a parent, to take extra care of your child’s oral health this month by following these helpful tips:
Tip #1: Schedule Regular Appointments
The more often your child visits the dentists the more comfortable they will become each time they come, which creates a great lifelong relationship with your dental care team and your oral health. Regular dental hygiene care and examinations are important for prevention of disease. It is important that you reserve dental appointments for everyone in your family every 6 months (or more frequently based on your specific oral health care needs).
Tip #2 : Buy a New Toothbrush
It’s recommended by dental health professionals to change out toothbrushes every 3 to 4 months. Well worn bristles simply do not clean your teeth as well and can cause irritations to your gums. Kids often get excited about picking out new toothbrushes — we have a selection for them at the office for their regular appointments — next time you venture to the store for new toothbrushes, consider taking your child to pick out their new toothbrush!
Tip #3 : Don’t Forget To Floss
Flossing is not a step that should be skipped in your oral health routines. It is very important to teach your child early on that they should be flossing at least once a day. The bacteria that causes cavities and tooth decay lingers between the teeth, and that’s why it’s so important to floss. Educate your child about flossing, and start young to foster good habits in the future.
Tip #4 : Help Your Child See the Fun in Brushing
Sometimes, it’s not easy for children to understand the importance of brushing their teeth, especially if they can’t see the bacteria, or the “sugar bugs” themselves. Make brushing a fun experience by purchasing a plaque-disclosing product. Use them, then take a look in the mirror together after brushing — this will show the areas in the child’s mouth that were not brushed as well, and explain what plaque is and what it does to the teeth. Visuals can do wonders!
Contact Us Today
At Sunrise Centre Dental in Huntsville, we care about yours and your child’s oral health. Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month with us and book your child’s next appointment today! New and existing patients can fill out our contact form or give us a call at 705-789-2369. We’d be happy to speak with you about our many dental services such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, crowns, and more!