Healthy teeth – one, two or a mouthful

baby-teethI’m just squeaking this in on time!  February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.   But any month is a good time to begin to teach your children the importance of taking care of their teeth. The American Dental Association  sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to promote the importance of good oral health beginning at a young age.  They have good info on their site as well as fun activity sheets for kids.

As tots, get your little ones used to a regular routine of cleaning their teeth.  It’s easiest to start when they are small with a couple of teeth.  Even if they just chew on the toothbrush, they will be starting a good habit which you can perfect over time.

It’s up to us at home to make sure our kids are brushing, flossing and having regular checkups. When my kids were young, I swore I wasn’t going to give them sugary drinks and junk food, only healthy stuff – so I gave them raisins.  Not such a great idea, unless they brush well right after eating them.  Those sticky little things are loaded with sugar!  Check out some healthy snacks.    Regular visits with the dentist can help you prevent problems in the future. Treatments like fluoride, sealants or even braces can help keep your kid’s teeth healthy and strong.

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