February is National Children’s Dental Health Month
During the month of February, the American Dental Association celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month. This month-long national health observance reinforces the importance of oral health in children as well as helping parents with tips to keep their child’s smile on track!
Dental hygiene is one of the most important things we can teach our children. Unfortunately, for a lot of parents, getting kids to brush and floss their teeth is tough. Some might even say it’s like pulling teeth!
Here are a few tips on how to help your kids establish good oral hygiene:
1. Show them how to do it
The best way to teach your kids to do something is to show them how to do it correctly. Let them watch you brush and floss your teeth and they’ll want to follow your lead! Not only will it teach them the right way to brush and floss, but it will also help them establish a routine too.
2. Make it fun
Help your kids learn to enjoy dental care by rewarding their efforts! A great way to do this is with a brushing chart that they receive a sticker on when they complete the task. After they have a successful trip to the dentist or a week of brushing and flossing correctly, give them a reward.
3. Get them used to the dentist early
Getting your kids used to going to the dentist early with a positive experience will teach them that the dentist is a fun place to go, and they do not need to be afraid. This also helps them with get into a habit of having good dental hygiene so they will continue to take care of their teeth as they grow up. And don’t forget, at Martins Dental Partners children are always rewarded with a gift from our surprise box at the end of their visit!