Did your child have an appointment this month with our Sun Valley dentist? Whether you stopped in for a quick check-up or have an appointment coming up, it’s never too late to discuss the importance of oral health in children. In fact, February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. It may seem silly to have an entire month dedicated to our little one’s teeth, but amidst the chocolate and sweets doled out for Valentine’s Day, we believe it’s the perfect fit. So let’s look at how you can celebrate this month with your children.
Head to the library
Aside from dental health, February is also known for Library Lovers’ Month. Head on over to your local library and find a few books that center on brushing and flossing. You’ll be instilling a life-long love for reading and teaching the importance of oral hygiene to your young children. They can learn how to look up a book and seek entertainment in fun, furry creatures that floss and brush.
February is also the month of grapefruits, strawberries, and cherries. We have National Grapefruit Month, National Cherry Month, and Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month. Teach your children about healthy food choices that are good for their body and teeth. These fruits contain all sorts of vitamins that give us stronger bones and teeth, and healthy gums. While it may also be National Chocolate Month, there are plenty of healthy ways to celebrate.
Write a poem
Have fun with National Haiku Writing Month. Our Sun Valley dentist and staff would love to read your written haiku poems. Simply follow the 5-7-5 rule and see what young minds will deliver.
Brushing and flossing
After eating and drinking
Gives you healthy teeth
Well, we’re not experts, but you get the idea. Children can clap out the syllables and learn about oral hygiene at the same time.
Just as we learned our ABC’s through song, the same can be true for oral health. Our Sun Valley dentist has a few songs dedicated to oral care. Find a song that is at least two minutes long. Your child can hum as they brush with the perfect amount of time recommended for brushing.
What other ways can we celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month? Share your suggestions on our Facebook page. Take note of the fun festivities and celebrations as the month comes to a close for ideas. It’s never too late to start learning about oral care and the lessons children learn now, they’ll carry with them for the rest of their lives.
In need of immediate care?
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