National Children’s Dental Health Month is right around the corner, and we at Bonham Dental Arts are here to help our patients and their parents to make the most of it this February. The theme for this year’s National Children’s Dental Health Month focuses on the simple concept that helps kids maintain good dental health: Remember to use a fluoride toothpaste, and don’t forget to clean all areas of the mouth for optimal dental wellness. Here are a few tips that can help you impress the importance of good oral hygiene on your child during National Children’s Dental Health Month.
Does Your Child Know How Long to Brush?
Many children have no idea how long they’re actually supposed to be brushing for. Kids might assume that if they swipe the toothbrush along each tooth once, they’re done brushing for the day. In fact, each brushing sessions needs to last for a solid two minutes. Your child should use short strokes that cover the full surface of each tooth. Ideally, your child should be spending around 30 seconds on the top right half of the mouth and then the same amount of time on each of the other parts of the mouth (the top left half, the lower right half, and the lower left half.)
If your child doesn’t have a good concept of time, allow them to use a timer or a stopwatch to keep track of how long they’ve been brushing. It’s also important to convey to your children that toothbrushing alone isn’t enough. It’s vital that you get in between the teeth to truly remove the bacteria that could cause tooth decay. With your instruction and supervision, even younger children can learn about flossing and how important it is for dental health. Flossing should ideally be done twice a day, just like brushing. At the very least, make sure that your child flosses their teeth thoroughly before they go to sleep each night.
Understanding the Consequences of Poor Dental Health: Does Your Child Know About Tooth Decay?
While you can make every effort to explain the importance of good oral care to your child, they may not really understand it in a personal way until they’re aware of the consequences of poor oral health habits. Make sure that your child understands about tooth decay and gum disease — and how damaging they can be. Tooth decay and gum disease can lead to not only problems like cavities but also to more serious health problems. Be sure to explain that tooth pain, bleeding, or premature tooth loss can be signs of dental problems that should be promptly reported to you so you can bring your child in for help.
It may also be helpful to explain to your child that if they maintain good dental health, they are much less likely to need cavity fillings and other types of dental intervention in the future. Most kids have a natural desire to get good reports, whether it’s from their teacher or from their dentist. Our Bonham Dental Arts always strives to be encouraging and supportive so that children understand what a good thing they’re doing by using good oral hygiene habits.
Looking For an Experienced and Caring Dentist For Your Child?
Bonham Dental Arts provides experienced and caring dentistry for the whole family. Additionally, our team offers cosmetic and sedation dentistry for Largo, Florida patients. We provide regular check-ups, dental cleanings, cavity filling, dental crowns, dental implants, teeth whitening, and most other types of necessary dental care for patients of any age.
At Bonham Dental Arts, we really care about the little touches that help make your family comfortable, including a kid’s play area, cozy blankets, refreshments, and even movies playing in the waiting area. For National Children’s Dental Health Month, Bonham Dental Arts will have special activity sheets for kids to enjoy this year. Learning about good oral hygiene can be fun, and these activity sheets confirm it! Contact us anytime to arrange a visit for your child or for any member of the family!