February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

by Sandi on February 1, 2011

Since February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, we’d like to kick it off by reminding you to be sure to get your kids in for their regular dental appointment hygiene visits and exams.  So many costly and painful dental appointments can be avoided by good home care along with regular 6 month check ups.  If your child has never visited the dentist, don’t despair!  For younger children under the age of 3 we recommend a Happy Visit first where there’s no actual procedures being done.  Little ones get to meet the hygienist and dentist, sit back in the chair, check out the equipment, get some easy toothbrushing tips in a relaxed environment and take home a toy & toothbrush.  If your child is older but never been to the dentist now is a perfect time to ease your way in.  We recommend starting with a dental cleaning where we do xrays to see if there is any tooth decay followed by a painless cleaning designed to make your child’s first visit a positive experience. 

Of course, we’d all like to prevent tooth decay rather than have to deal with filling later.  Here is a link to a Toothbrush chart for kids from Crest that moms may find easy to print off and keep by the sink:  http://www.dentalcare.com/media/en-US/dhm/DHM2011_Checklist.pdf

More kid friendly info to come throughout the month!

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