February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

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February is Children’s Dental Health Month, and we’re passionate about getting kids excited about their dental health! Oral health is important, especially for young ones as their teeth are only starting to grow. If you don’t want your child to suffer from such conditions that may affect both their health and self-confidence, it is best to start the habit of cleaning the teeth and mouth as early as possible. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good lifetime of healthy teeth and gums

BabiesOne is the magic number for the first dental visit!  Age one is when their biannual checkups should begin, or even sooner if teeth have already made an appearance. We call their first visit with the dentist a “Happy Visit”.

Young ChildrenBaby teeth do have a purpose. Yes, they’re going to fall out eventually, but primary teeth have an important job to do. They are holding a place for permanent teeth, and if they aren’t kept healthy, that can cause problems in the future.

School-Aged KidsCavities take away valuable learning time. Often there is simply no extra time in the day for a dental check-up other than during school hours. However, missing a couple hours for an appointment is a small price to pay when compared to the time wasted treating dental illness.

Sports are great, but make sure to protect those teeth! Extracurricular activities account for a sizeable portion of broken teeth at this age, so be prepared! Helmets and mouthguards are a must for contact sports to ensure that no harm comes to your child’s developing smile.

All agesParents are the first and best teachers. You have the power to get your kids on their way to a healthy smile for life! Keep the little ones practicing good oral hygiene habits this month and beyond.