February often comes with valentines’ chocolate, candy, and flowers. But did you know it also comes with a dental checkup? In fact, in February we celebrate Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month. It is the perfect time to bring your kids in for their annual dental cleaning and checkup. So, you can make sure their smile is healthy and happy! We believe it is important to educate our patients about how and why they should care for their teeth.
In the celebration of Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month, here are some tips to help your kids have amazing oral health.
First Dental Visit
Around their first birthday, or within six months after their first tooth emerges, visit your dentist to make sure the teeth are developing properly. According to research, over 50% of children get tooth decay before they turn five. So, it is important for your child to attend early dental visits. We can address any oral hygiene questions you have. Also, we let you know when it is time to start using a toothbrush for your little one.
Keep Up with Routine Check-Ups and Cleanings
No matter how good of a job your child does taking care of their teeth, no smile is complete without a professional dental cleaning. We want to properly clean and take care of your children’s teeth in between their daily routine of brushing and flossing. By keeping up with these appointments, your children will also be able to learn the importance of a healthy smile. In addition, they will have the help of a dentist, who can answer any questions or concerns they have.
Get Them New Dental Toolkit
An easy way to encourage a healthy smile is to get your child some new tools to help care for their smile! A new toothbrush or toothpaste can be an excellent motivator for dental hygiene. A toothbrush should be replaced every 3 to 4 months for it to remain effective.
Bond Through Dental Care Activities
One way to help improve your child’s smile is to make their dental care routine more fun! There are several ways to help your child enjoy the process of caring for their teeth. For example, playing music, or even just making tooth brushing time a bonding activity.
Prevention is a strong component for a strong and long-lasting smile. At Woodstock Dental Centre, we love to work with kids and are happy to help your little ones with their bright smiles. Call us on (519) 537-6666 to book an appointment for your child.