February marks National Children’s Dental Health Month! According to the CDC, “cavities are the most common chronic disease of childhood, yet cavities are preventable. Children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades than children who don’t.”
We’d like to take time this month to share links to pieces of useful content that we’ve created that are pertinent to children’s dental health, so take this opportunity to learn more about how you can help to protect your child’s teeth and oral health below!
- Pediatric Dentistry: First things first – check out our pediatric dentistry service page!
At HDG, we’re committed to promoting and preserving your child’s dental health from infancy through the teenage years, and beyond. We take pride in training our staff to treat child-specific issues & behaviors as well as children with special needs. Our goal is to leverage our expertise in preventive and therapeutic oral health care to ensure that ALL children are comfortable throughout the duration of their visit with us.
- Baby Teeth: Here’s everything you need to know about baby teeth. From learning about when your child’s first tooth might erupt and what age you should start brushing their teeth to information about the impact of nursing, concerns about spacing & much more, this post is chock full of information that new parents may find to be very helpful.
- Oral Hygiene Tips: While this article about maintaining oral hygiene features tips that are focused on doing so around Halloween, it can apply to any holiday or to any child with an extra active sweet tooth. This post explores everything from how to create a plan and identifying the best time of day to enjoy a treat to sweets you should avoid and why hydration is key!
- Establishing an Oral Hygiene Routine: Originally created to inspire motivation for establishing a back to school oral hygiene routine, this post serves as a good reference point for when you need a refresher on how to establish a healthy mouth routine for your children.
- Changing Your Toothbrush: It’s important to change your toothbrush (or toothbrush head) every 3-4 months, even for kids! Learn about how to preserve the life of a toothbrush, when you absolutely need to change it, and learn some general toothbrushing facts and tips in this post as well.
- National Tooth Fairy Day: Guess what? National Tooth Fairy Day actually happens TWICE each year, and it’s coming up on February 28th! See, there’s actual fun during Children’s Dental Health Month, too. This post features everything from preparing your child on what to expect with a loose tooth, how to be an awesome Tooth Fairy, and how to celebrate this milestone in your children’s lives.
- Flossing: Having trouble getting your children to floss? Don’t worry, that’s normal. (In fact, it can be a tricky task to tackle for adults too!) Not only is the act of flossing new to them, but the sensation may feel odd and they’re probably still getting the hang of how to properly brush their teeth. Check out our flossing tips so we can help you help them!
- Foods that Protect Tooth Enamel: If you need insight and inspiration into foods that will positively impact and protect your children’s tooth enamel, we have a post for that too. From foods that are rich in calcium and fruits & vegetables to cheese (YES, we said CHEESE!), there are a variety of healthy choices that you can make for your children and their teeth.
- How to Make Teeth Brushing Fun for Kids: Check out these 5 ways that you can help to make brushing teeth fun for kids while simultaneously encouraging healthy dental habits.
- Airways & Sleep Issues in Children: The airway concept can refer to tongue ties, issues with tonsils / adenoids, or any other obstacle that makes it difficult for kids to breathe properly and, therefore, experience poor sleep and even endure behavior challenges due to lack of quality sleep.
We hope that you find this information useful as you help your children to navigate their dental health journey this month and beyond. As a parent, we believe it’s imperative that you’re equipped with as much information as possible so that you can promote the importance of oral hygiene and dental health to your most precious assets. Have questions? We’re here. Contact us at any time!