Disclosure: This Post is sponsored by George Dental Group
The American Dental Association, or ADA, has designated February as National Children’s Dental Health Month so that kids and families can learn more about why oral health is important. Dr. Kellee N. Kattleman Stanton, founder of George Dental Group in Eagan, offers important tips and a Healthy Smiles Dental Basket ($90 value) to keep your family’s teeth sparkling clean and healthy!
About Dr. Stanton
As a mom of two young children, Dr. Stanton understands the unique dental health needs of adults and children alike. She opened her own practice, George Dental Group, in order to pursue her passion for dentistry and creating beautiful smiles in a caring, trusting and soothing environment – focusing on the individual needs of each guest. With massage chairs, TVs, intra-oral cameras and other advanced technology, her practice is truly one-of-a-kind.
5 Tips Every Parent Should Know About Kids Dental Health
Develop Healthy Brushing Habits Early→
Dental health should begin before your child’s first teeth appear. One of the best ways to get into the habit early on is to clean your baby’s gums twice daily using a soft cloth or a baby toothbrush. Once your baby begins to get teeth, brush them with a soft baby toothbrush and water. This will remove plaque that will accumulate on the teeth. A baby’s first birthday is the best time to schedule their first dentist appointment.
Help Your Kids Learn to Brush Their Teeth Properly→
By developing these habits before kids learn to brush their teeth themselves, the importance of good dental health will already be ingrained in their day-to-day habits. You should teach your kids that brushing at least twice a day, with two minutes for each brushing, will help keep their mouths healthy (2 x 2 = Healthy Teeth). Don’t forget to floss too! Studies have shown that flossing is even more effective than brushing, so your kids should be sure to floss once a day as well. Also, be sure to brush the tongue, which can harbor naughty bacteria.
There are a few things that are worth nitpicking about when it comes to your children’s oral hygiene. For example, make sure that you monitor kids’ brushing habits, and until they are around 9-10 years old an adult should brush for them. As kids get older, you still need to monitor the efficacy of their brushing, and don’t hesitate to touch up their brushing yourself.
Choose the Right Toothbrush→
The right toothbrush depends on your kid’s mouth. There are plenty of fun options for kids, with shapes and characters that are sure to delight. Sonicare for Kids is a brush we often recommend, since the brushes are just the right size for little hands and mouths. The brushes have also been proven to be far more effective than other electric toothbrushes.
Motivate Kids to Brush→
Brushing teeth can actually be a lot of fun with the right motivation! Using a kids tooth brushing chart can help your kids keep track of their brushing themselves – it’s fun and also helps them to form good brushing and flossing habits early on in life.
Keep it Positive→
It’s also important that you make sure to keep your tone positive. If your children develop resistance to brushing their teeth, warning them about root canals and other “scary” dental procedures isn’t necessarily going to motivate them – it’s just going to scare them! After all, kids and adults should be visiting the dentist at least every 6 months, and your kids should feel comfortable with these visits.
Giveaway – Children’s Healthy Smiles Dental Basket
To celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month, we’re giving away a Children’s Healthy Smiles Dental Basket – a $90 value provided by George Dental Group.
This basket contains many of the items that you need to keep your child’s smile healthy. The basket Includes: one Kids Sonicare Toothbrush (Phillips Sonicare for Kids ages 4 to 10), All Natural Tom’s of Maine Children’s Mouthwash and Toothpaste, Kids Fun Flossers, Tooth Brushing Tracking Chart, Natural Mint Lip Balm with SPF 30, Fun Children’s Dental Book “What If You Had Animal Teeth” and a Water Bottle.
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