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Let’s Celebrate! 3 Tips to Ensure Better Oral During Children’s Dental Health Month

February 6, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — James Nguyen @ 7:19 pm
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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and that means dentists throughout the country are encouraging parents and kids alike to adopt good oral hygiene habits at home as well as keep regular six-month dental checkups and cleanings. Since tooth decay remains the most common oral health problem among individuals, it’s time to consider what you can do to help keep the youngest smiles in your family safe. Read on to discover three helpful tips you can use to ensure the health and longevity of your child’s smile.

Find Ways to Make At-Home Brushing & Flossing Fun

When at home preparing for their morning or nighttime oral hygiene routine, make this time memorable and fun by incorporating music or making it into a game.

Finding an exciting and energy-infused song that everyone loves will keep them engaged as their bathroom turns into a dance party! Depending on the age of your child, you can brush with them or simply help them as they wiggle while they brush and floss.

Make Sure They Drink Plenty of Water

Your child may yearn for a juice box or soda to be included in their lunch box, but if you want to keep cavities away, make sure they go to school with water.

Allowing them to enjoy a flavorful beverage now and then is fine, but the daily consumption of water will ensure their teeth and gums remain better protected against bacteria and debris. Not only does it help them stay hydrated, but it also stimulates their salivary glands, which help to neutralize harmful acids that can break down tooth enamel over time.

Keep Their Snacking to a Minimum

Kids love their snacks, especially after school. When coming home, the first thing they might reach for is a small bag of chips or cookies, but this will only increase their risk for dental decay. Instead, if a snack is part of their daily after-school routine, make sure it is something healthy.

Fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, and lean proteins are all great options for snacking. You and your child can even get creative in the kitchen using celery, peanut butter, and raisins to create ants on a log for a fun and flavorful snack.

These healthy alternatives will not only fill them up but also work to keep teeth clean and gums healthy.

Give your child’s smile the care and attention it deserves this month. By adopting these three helpful tips, you can expect a positive report the next time they visit the dentist.

About the Author
Dr. Richard Mullens has been practicing dentistry for more than three decades, making him a reputable and trusted dentist in Jacksonville. Alongside his colleague Dr. James Nguyen, the two oversee Distinctive Dentistry by Mullens & Nguyen, providing optimal oral healthcare to adults and children alike. When parents need help to ensure the health and future of their children’s smiles, we can provide essential tips that will boost oral hygiene at home and keep teeth and gums strong and beautiful year-round. Contact us at (904) 399-3163 to learn more about how we can help!