February is not just the month in which we celebrate Valentine’s Day as it is also National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) in the United States. This month-long observance which is sponsored by our friends at the American Dental Association (ADA) was created to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health in children. Throughout the month of February in observance of National Children’s Dental Health Month, dental professionals, speakers, healthcare providers and others all across the nation will be working to raise awareness for good dental health in children.
The doctors and staff at Laguna Niguel Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry will be observing NCDHM throughout the month of February by reminding our young patients and their parents of how important it is for kids to take care of their smiles. We will also be reminding parents to schedule checkups for their children with their Laguna Niguel kids dentist.
While tooth decay is very common and a big problem among children, it is highly preventable. By talking to your children about how important a healthy smile is and showing them how to properly brush and floss, you can help you children avoid getting cavities. Because your children mimic what you do, a great way to promote good oral hygiene is to brush & floss your teeth together with your kids. Consider allowing your children to choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste as it is a good way to make brushing & flossing more fun.

Another way to fight tooth decay is to provide your children with healthy snacks that are good for their teeth instead of sugary snacks like candies and cookies. Some healthier alternatives include cheese, fruits, low fat yogurts and fresh vegetables.

This is also a good time to remind parents to talk to your children about how important it is to visit their dentist regularly. Be sure to speak in a very positive manner and tell your kids that their dentist will help them keep their smile healthy and beautiful. Our practice is proud to provide quality & compassionate dental care to children. We understand how important first impressions are at the dental office and how they impact your child’s future visits. That is why our pediatric dentists and staff are nurturing to make kids feel comfortable.