February is Children’s Dental Health Month. Oral health care is an important aspect of your child’s health, and is often overlooked. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits help children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Here are some quick tips for a good start to proper oral health care:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
- Replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if bristles are frayed.
- Always start brushing with the rear teeth—the ones your child bites with, which have crevices that can trap food particles. Also, make sure they understand that brushing the inside surface of the teeth is just as important as brushing the outside teeth.
- Don’t forget to tell them to brush right from the gum line—healthy gums are just as important as healthy teeth!
- Help children with flossing until they are about 10 or 11. Supervision may still be necessary to help ensure proper flossing.
- If they don’t like brushing, try cleaning your teeth at the same time—doing things together will get them inspired.
- The first trip to the dentist should happen as soon as that first tooth appears or by the first birthday. You child’s dental visits (around 6 months) should really just be to make sure teeth are growing and developing the way they should.
Keeping your children healthy is a full time job. At AppleTree and Gilden Woods, we want to assist in educating on total body wellness, which includes Dental health. We focus on oral hygiene while keeping it fun with our Pedal’s Polishers Program. Check out our teeth-brushing contest throughout the month of February, including fabulous prizes and certificates along the way. To find an AppleTree or Gilden Woods near you click here.