The health of your teeth is important all year long, but in the United States, the American Dental Association recognizes February as National Children’s Dental Health Month. In Canada, April is National Oral Health Month, but at myORTHODONTIST we’d like to focus a little extra on children’s dental health this month, too. By establishing good oral hygiene habits, your children are set with the tools that will help them protect their teeth and gums for the rest of their lives.
Good Oral Health for Children with Braces
For kids who have braces, dental hygiene becomes even more important. By carefully following dietary restrictions and brushing thoroughly several times a day, your child can avoid tooth decay or discoloration of the teeth around the braces.
It’s also important for your child to keep seeing his or her dentist and hygienist for regular professional cleanings during the orthodontic treatment. Make these appointments at least once every six months, or more often as recommended by your child’s dentist andorthodontist. By following up with your visits to myORTHODONTIST in Calgary or Okotoks as scheduled, you help complete the orthodontic treatment in the shortest amount of time possible.
Children’s Dental Health Month
This is a great time to schedule an appointment for a professional cleaning if your child hasn’t had one in a while. It’s also a good time to turn some extra attention to your child’s habits. Is he brushing for at least two minutes? Is she using a fluoride rinse? Is he brushing after every meal? Is there anything your children could improve upon to keep their smiles happy and healthy?
The Canadian Dental Association has a selection of games, jokes, trivia, and more to help children learn about oral health. Your child may also enjoy the activity sheet downloads (like this one) from the ADA. There are colouring sheets, crosswords, mazes, and more. You can download the sheets from previous years, as well, for lots of fun and focus on dental health this month.
If you have any questions about oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment, please contact your Calgary or Okotoks orthodontist.