Children’s Dental Health Month
While we are fully aware of what we as adults need to ensure that we maintain proper oral health, we may have some young ones in our lives who need some support in learning proper oral care. February is Children’s Dental Health Month—a month dedicated to the importance of helping children and caregivers learn the importance of early dental care and the proper techniques to care for their teeth. We would like to share some tips to help you teach your young loved ones how to properly care for their teeth.
It is important to teach proper oral habits at a young age. The earlier a toddler starts to learn about oral health, the better the chance that they carry these tools through to adulthood. We understand that young children are not able to care for their oral health on their own, but it is a perfect opportunity to allow them to try and then model the expected behavior.
Ways to Help Teach Children About Proper Oral Health
Children are visual learners, which is one of the reasons picture books and cartoons are so popular. A picture book is a great tool to introduce children to oral care. There are many wonderful titles that can help start their wheels turning. In addition, there are some steps you might find helpful:
- Take a trip to the store and allow your young one to pick their own toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Make tooth brushing a fun activity with the use of a timer or fun tooth brushing song.
- Let your child practice brushing on a favorite stuffed animal or doll. If you are really brave, you can allow them to brush your teeth.
- Show them the basics, such as the amount of toothpaste to use, how to brush, and how to use dental floss.
We are happy to help you with any additional information or learning tools you may need. If you or a young family member is in need of a dental cleaning or exam, please reach out to our office to schedule an appointment. Our knowledgeable team is here to help your family with all of their dental needs. We hope to see you at our office located in beautiful Wellington, FL.