February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and we’re dedicated to raising awareness!
In America, 51 million hours of school is missed every year due to oral health issues. Although every month should be important when it comes to a child’s dental health, February is the one dedicated to it. Here are things to keep in mind when helping children become conscious of just how important dental hygiene is and exactly how to start creating good habits right away:
- Keep the sugar intake to a minimum
- Floss, floss, floss
- Brush twice a day
- When you brush, make sure you hit the 2 minute mark
- Visit your dentist regularly
Have you ever seen that amazing “magic trick” when you ask your child “Did you brush your teeth?” And they respond with a “yes” only because their toothbrush is wet? Then come to find out, there was no brushing going on, they merely stuck their toothbrush under the faucet and wiped their front teeth once, maybe twice. Now is the perfect time to kick this bad habit! Dental health can be fun for kids (and adults)!
Here are 4 ways to incorporate some fun and giggles into children’s daily oral care
Toothpaste – a plethora of choices
Let’s start off with toothpaste. There are gels, pastes, and so many different flavors; such as cinnamon, vanilla, bubble gum, and variety of different mint flavors. Let your child choose which one they would prefer.
Flossing – 40% of cleaning your teeth comes from flossing*
Floss comes in different flavors as well and also had a variety of textures. There are waxed, woven, and even the hand held pick form to name a few.
Toothbrush – the master tool
Choosing a toothbrush will probably be your child’s favorite. Not only are there options as far as handheld or battery operated, but there are TONS of different designs now! Your child can pick their favorite cartoon character or stick to the basics like their favorite color.
Brushing Timer – brush 2min 2x a day
While the tiny sand timers you flip upside down are always fun for kids to watch, there are now toothbrushes with built in timers. The brush will alert timer markers with a beep or a vibration for 2 minute duration, some even play a popular song.
Giving Kids Something to Look Forward To
This is the perfect way to create a morning and nighttime routine to get your child excited about developing healthy habits. Getting your child involved in the decision making of choosing some cool and fun dental products makes them more apt to look forward to brushing and flossing daily.
Starting off good oral hygiene practice at a young age will propel your kids into the future for a lifetime of healthy pink gums and bright shining smiles! A healthy smile is a smile you can be proud of!
Dr. Brian H. Willson | Fayetteville Dentist
Fayetteville, NC 28304