February 16, 2017
Every February, the American Dental Association promotes what’s known as Children’s Dental Health Month. It is the perfect time for you and your kids to make sure that you are doing everything you can to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
What are some of the ways you and your family can celebrate, too?
- Set an appointment to get pediatric dental care. In Naperville, IL, our office regularly sees young patients, including toddlers. This gives youngsters a better understanding of how to take care of their mouths, as well as to foster a good relationship with caring dental providers.
- Create a chart and add stickers every time your child brushes and flosses. Aim for twice daily: in the morning, and before bedtime. At the end of the month, give a prize that is not sugary, such as a special day out together.
- Talk about the importance of avoiding tooth decay. Not only are cavities unpleasant experiences, but they can lead to further problems years later. Explain how tooth decay works, and encourage children to ask questions. If you do not have answers, find them together or ask your dentist.
- Start to eat more crunchy veggies. Carrots and celery are great snacks for many reasons. In addition to their nutritional values, they help teeth and gums stay cleaner. Plus, they taste good and are foods everyone can feel good about!
- Aim for calcium in everyone’s diet. Calcium is critical in the development of strong teeth and bones. Look for low-fat sources of dairy, like 1% and 2% milk, yogurt, cottage cheese and hard cheeses. If your child is a very picky eater, talk to his or her pediatrician about calcium supplements.
Research shows that kids who begin to go to the dentist early tend to stick with a solid oral hygiene program for life. Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month, and you might just change the overall health for your littlest loved ones! Call us today to schedule your appointments!