There’s more to February than just Valentine’s Day. Here at Beaver Brooke Dental, we are all in on National Children’s Dental Health Month. According to the National Education Association, American students miss a whopping 51 million hours of school every year because of oral health problems. Those hours certainly add up to lost critical instruction time, especially for students in early grades where reading skills become building blocks of future learning. Not to mention, students with consistent oral health pain are four times more likely to have lower grade point averages than others. So what can you do as a parent? Our dentist clinic invites you to implement the following strategies into your month.
- Get them brushing and flossing regularly – The American Dental Association recommends that children and adults brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Daily flossing should also be worked into your child’s dental care routine. If your child struggles to brush for the full two minutes, feel free to get creative. There are plenty of fun toothbrushes and toothpastes out there that your son or daughter will enjoy using. It’s critical for children to establish good dental habits at a young age. Should you have additional questions about proper brushing and/or flossing techniques, don’t hesitate to contact your local family dentist.
- Educate them about the importance of oral health – Many children don’t quite grasp why they have to brush and floss their teeth regularly. Take this month as an opportunity to educate them about why oral health is so important. Need some help with that? Well, someone with poor oral health is more likely to experience health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s. But you don’t have to get that technical with your child. Simply put, maintaining good dental health is essential to looking and feeling our best.
- Take them to the dentist – If your child hasn’t been to the dentist for a while, then now is a great time to schedule an appointment. Six-month cleanings go a long way in terms of ensuring your child’s overall dental care. Granted, we understand the dentist office may be anything but a destination spot for your son or daughter. Don’t let a little dental phobia scare them away, though. Now more than ever, dentists are going the extra mile to make sure that patients are relaxed and comfortable during appointments. Don’t hesitate to contact your family dentist with any questions.
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Our team at Beaver Brooke takes National Children’s Dental Health Month very seriously. There’s no question that February is the perfect time to help kiddos brush up on good oral health habits. Whether your child is overdue for a routine cleaning or needs a cavity filled, our dentist can help. Dr. Claggett has been practicing at his Sandy location for nearly four decades, so you can feel comfortable with his expertise.
Beaver Brooke is Sandy’s choice for the absolute best family dental care. Call us now.