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National Children's Dental Health Month

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Did you know that February is the National Children’s Dental Health Month? During February the ADA wants to make sure you and your children know how important it is to develop good dental hygiene early on.

It’s important for your child to:

1. Brush in the morning and at night- make sure your child knows the correct way to brush his teeth!

2. Floss every night – younger children will need help with this.

3. Visit the dentist regularly – check with your child’s dentist to see if she wants your child in once or twice a year for a cleaning.

4. Eat healthy – try to limit sugary snacks and sodas that promote tooth decay.

We loved the free resources on the ADA site. They had all sorts of fun activities for kids to learn about healthy teeth – even a healthy smile certificate! Check it out and give your child a jump start to a healthy smile!

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    9 Responses to “National Children's Dental Health Month”

    1. Jen Seader February 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

      What age should you take your child to the dentist?

      • MichelleH February 2, 2011 at 10:54 am #

        Jen,
        It’s best to check with your pediatrician dentist, but we have read first visit can even be after first teeth come in.

    2. Misty February 1, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

      I thought children needed to brush there teeth more then just twice a day.
      Glad im actualy on top of her getting them brushed in the morning and before bed.
      -Misty

      • MichelleH February 2, 2011 at 10:55 am #

        Misty,
        They recommend at least 2 times a day but after each meal is a good idea.

    3. Cassandra February 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

      How do you get a 3 yo to floss??? It is still a little battle just to brush her teeth every night. :(

      • MichelleH February 3, 2011 at 10:05 am #

        Cassandra,
        We understand your pain. We have tried little games & naming the teeth as we clean them. We do it for our 3 year olds because it’s too hard for them to do it correctly themselves.
        Good luck!

    4. Amy VG February 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

      We have our first family dental appointment on the 10th! I’m excited to see what techniques they use to get my 2 year old to open her mouth! :)

      • MichelleH February 3, 2011 at 10:04 am #

        Amy,
        Please share them with us!

    5. Rosanne February 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

      I’ve always had my children brush their teeth twice a day and we started regular dental checkups @ age 3 but as they got older this got hard to enforce (the nightly brushing)

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