The ABC’s of Kid’s Dental Care
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and we would like to put a spotlight on the importance of kid’s dental care from the moment their first tooth breaks through the gum. Following the 2-2-2 rule is a great way to keep your kid’s teeth healthy. The 2-2-2 rule goes like this:
- Visit your dentist twice a year
- Brush and floss twice a day
- Brushing session should last for two minutes
Creating A Routine
The first step to a healthy mouth for your child is creating an oral care routine from an early age. To start off, you may want to talk to them about how important it is to take care of your teeth and to do so, use fun, age appropriate videos, pictures, and even demonstrations.
Next, set aside time every morning and night to help them brush their teeth and you can use this time to brush yours too – make it a fun activity for them. Once they are about five years old, they can start brushing on their own and after the age of seven or eight, they shouldn’t have to be supervised anymore.
Brushing Saves Time and Money
Teaching your child to take care of their teeth can save parents a lot of time and money too. According to the American Dental Hygienist Association, a parent can save anywhere from $8 to $50 in restorative dental procedures for every $1 that they spend on preventative care. Taking preventative steps and measures to a healthy mouth saves a lot of money and toothaches in the long-run.
To schedule your child’s dental appointment, contact local Newburgh, NY dentist Dr. Michael Koumas.
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