February is National Children's Dental Health Month! Each year the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. This is the perfect opportunity to fine tune your efforts to ensure your child maintains proper oral hygiene.
Brush up on oral health with these tips
The ADA recommends kids brush for two minutes, at least two times a day. An hourglass timer is helpful and fun to use.
Maintain a regular routine, brush at the same time each day, before school and before bedtime.
Don’t forget to floss!
Visit the dentist every six months for regular cleanings and check-ups; there are many books that will help ease any anxiety around seeing the dentist.
Give your child healthy snacks instead of sugary treats treats when possible and be mindful to ensure your kids brush well on days sweets are enjoyed.
Make brushing fun! Add music or purchase a musical toothbrush for your child and encourage them to pick out their toothbrush and flavored toothpaste.
Tips to help brushing-averse children
Explore toothpaste options until your child finds one he or she likes. You could try a liquid toothpaste as a temporary solution
Some children find electric tooth brushes help combat sensory defensiveness.
There are ways to desensitize gums like giving your child crunchy foods or small pieces of ice to chew prior to brushing.
Sometimes using warm water rather than cold helps, or have your child dip their toothbrush in hot water prior to brushing.
Sweets are ok, in moderation! Allow your children to indulge a little and present some healthy alternatives. Wishing you a Happy Dental Health Month from all of us at Dentistry for Children & Adults Too! Benjamin Cho DDS