When it comes to spreading awareness about dental health, it’s best to start early. What better month than February, which just so happens to be National Children’s Dental Health Month? Maintaining a healthy oral care routine at an early age can help prevent future expensive dental procedures. Not only does it prevent dental procedures, but it can also prevent other serious health risks such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
So, what should you do for National Children’s Health Month?
If you have children, it’s best to sit them down and talk them through what they should be doing and why. As we mentioned in our previous blog post, there are several things you should include in your routine. Children’s routines aren’t too different from an adult’s. Here are a few things to include in a child’s oral care routine:
- Brush your teeth for two minutes once in the morning and one in the night
- Replace your kid’s toothbrush whenever a new season starts
- Make a dentist appoint once every six months
Why should you make these regular appointments?
Forming habits from an early age can have a long-lasting effect on a child’s life. Growing up, my parents took me regularly to the dentist and my pediatrician. Thanks to them, I’ve learned the importance of regular check-ups. Without that example in my life, I never would have carried over that practice into adulthood.
It’s also important to stop a potential problem before it becomes a larger issue. A simple cavity might turn into a root canal, and those are incredibly painful. If you are constantly monitoring your own and your children’s dental health, you can avoid the pain and the extra costs.
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