February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA) and ADA Foundation. While your child’s dental health should always be a top priority, the observance allows us to point special attention to its importance. To help you better care for your children’s teeth, and teach your children to do the same, we offer a few tips for maximizing their hygiene and protecting their beautiful smiles.
Keeping Children’s Smiles Healthy
Warn children about cavities
If your reason for telling your kids “no” to candy is that it is bad for their teeth, then eventually they may begin to question how true that is. The best way to get the point across is to explain how cavities can harm their teeth, and how candy and other sugar-rich treats can cause cavities.
Feed children teeth-healthy nutrients
You can also distract your children from candy cravings by replacing it with something healthier, like fruit, sugar-free yogurt, and other nutritious snacks. Dairy products and other foods rich in calcium are especially beneficial, since calcium is necessary for your children’s teeth and the enamel around them to remain strong.
Make their daily hygiene routine fun
To a child, the mundane action of brushing and flossing teeth can seem excruciatingly boring. To make the lessons about daily hygiene stick, make the routine more fun and child-centered. For instance, playing their favorite song on the radio while they brush and floss their teeth will not only make the practice more enjoyable, but also help you make sure your children brush long enough to effectively clean their teeth.
Help your children grow accustomed to visiting the dentist
Another important aspect of your children’s dental health is regular care at the dentist’s office. For a child who’s never visited the dentist, visiting the office can be a bit unsettling. Fortunately, our experience with children makes us especially equipped to help your little ones feel more at ease about visiting the dentist on a regular basis.
ABOUT YOUR FT. WORTH DENTIST:
Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.