Four Ways to Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month This February
National Children’s Dental Health Month is celebrated every February to raise awareness about the importance of good dental hygiene habits in children of all ages. It is a great time to learn more about the ways that you can help your child’s smile remain healthy and happy throughout their childhood. These healthy habits will stick with them into adulthood!
Here are four ways you can celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month with your little ones!
Seal Out Tooth Decay
The American Dental Association (ADA) – and the pediatric dentists at Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry – recommends dental sealants for children. Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings applied to the surfaces of molars that keep bacteria and food particles from getting into the nooks and crannies of the back teeth. Sealants stop cavities in their tracks and reduce the risk of tooth decay in your child’s molars by 80%!
Daily flossing should begin as soon as your child has teeth that touch. Flossing removes the food and plaque from between the teeth that simply brushing can’t get rid of. These tips from the ADA can help you properly floss your child’s teeth, and, when they’re old enough, your child will be a pro at flossing!
You can also learn about the peanut butter method of learning to floss from our friends at Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry here!
Even though a snack may be healthy for your child’s body, it doesn’t mean it’s ideal for a healthy smile. Avoid feeding your child the following snacks that are filled with sugar, which leads to tooth decay and cavities:
- Dried fruit
- Trail mix
- Citrus fruit
Instead, reach for these snacks that offer health benefits for your child’s body and smile:
- Raw veggies
Come See Us!
At Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry, we believe prevention is key to long-lasting, healthy smiles in children. That’s why we practice preventative dentistry! In order to prevent dental problems, we have made it our mission to teach children the skills they need to maintain a healthy, cavity-free smile for life.
From their first dental visit – which is recommended by their first birthday or within 6 months of developing their first tooth – we are dedicated to educating the whole family about proper dental hygiene!
Whether you are new to the area, in need of a new pediatric dentist, or are bringing your child in for the first time, we are ready to see you and happy to welcome you into the HPD family! Find out how to schedule your child’s first appointment with us today, and be sure to bring your little ones in for regular cleanings and check-ups!
Special Offer For New Patients
For children 7 years and under, we are now offering a FREE dental assessment at your FIRST appointment! Find out how to take advantage of this offer!