Seventy-seven years ago, about two hours away from our dentist Polaris area patients call home, celebrating children’s dental health began. On February 3, 1941 a Cleveland dentist office promoted oral health care for children. The concept then grew nationally from a single day, to a week, until the 80’s when it became a month-long recognized tradition.
National Children’s Dental Health Month is a time in which those in the dental industry promote the importance of oral health for children. Early introduction into caring for young teeth not only establishes a sound foundation that will grow with your child, but also keeps their mouths and bodies healthy.
When should my child see a dentist?
Children of any age benefit from learning the importance of oral hygiene; the earlier the better. Talk with the dentist Polaris families respect, Dr. Young, about what oral milestones your child should experience.
How can you get involved?
Besides visiting the dentist with your child every 6 months, good oral health starts at home. Gently brushing your baby’s gums with dental wipes eases pain when teething and rids the mouth of bacteria. As teeth emerge a proper, soft-bristled toothbrush can be introduced. When applicable, your child may want to brush their own teeth as they being to experiment with independence. This helps them work on their fine motor skills.
It is important to note, however, that children are still learning and fine-tuning their movements. Allow your child to brush and floss, but find a fun way to be included in the regimen. Pretend to be the dentist when they complete their own brushing and brush their teeth again so to be sure the teeth get clean.
Music, books, and technology
There is no short supply of children’s books, songs, videos, and apps that cover oral hygiene. Find a method that is appropriate for your child’s age and holds their attention. Learn a song about brushing so your child begins to understand how long you should brush your teeth. Digital technology has even given us interactive apps that focus on oral health.
As a dentist Polaris area children love to visit, we make it our mission to impress upon the importance of a healthy mouth. We make each visit fun so your child is comfortable. At home you can help children learn how to properly brush and floss. The importance of Pediatric Dentistry and oral health is a life-long lesson that your child will carry with them their entire life. Feel free to ask our Polaris dentist about any tips and tricks to get your child active in caring for their teeth. You can also follow us on Facebook for updates regarding children’s oral health and hygiene.