THE CDC REPORTS THAT 1 in 5 children (between ages 5 and 11) in the US have untreated tooth decay. Not only should tooth decay be treated in regular dental appointments, it should be prevented! Tooth decay is 100 percent preventable with effective personal care and regular dental cleanings.
In honor of Children’s Dental Health Month, we’re spreading the word about children’s dental health.
You Can Help Little Ones Have Healthier Smiles!
- Encourage them to brush for two full minutes: Pick a song about two minutes long and sing it to them during brushing time.
- Set reminders to brush twice a day: Brushing after breakfast and just before bed are the best times for preventing bacteria growth from food.
- Show them flossing is fun, not harmful: Be gentle at first when doing it for them. A bad experience can stop them from flossing on their own.
- Be persistent: Don’t let fussy children off the hook. Be motivating! Kids may gladly brush for a sticker or star if you make it an activity.
- Set their first dental appointment around age 3: Having positive dental experiences early will make dental visits easier and less frightening when older.
The Journey To Good Oral Health
The journey to good oral health begins with healthy habits. New and existing patients are invited to join the Keystone Kids Club! All children ages 3 and up are invited to join and are welcome to stay in the club until they lose all their baby teeth (generally between age 10-13).
Kids Club members earn points at dental visits that can be cashed in for prizes. With opportunity to earn points for things like no new cavities, losing a baby tooth, or simply arriving on time for an appointment – every visit becomes a fun visit!
We know that coming to the dentist for the first time can be scary for kids, so our staff takes the time to get to know each child, engage them during their visit, educate them about their teeth, and give them the best dental experience possible.
Our Keystone Kids Club mascot Ribbit, wants to help kids keep track of their brushing and flossing. Download Ribbit’s Tooth Brushing Chart.
Call 603.692.9229 to schedule a Happy Visit with us today!
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire | February
Every February the Children’s Museum of NH partners with area dentists to bring an entire month of oral health educational programming. Throughout the month local dentists and special guests visit to answer questions about oral health, to offer special programming, or just to help take some of the mystery out of what a visit to the dentist’s office means. Museum educators also offer a variety of daily drop-in programs.
Plan a visit during school vacation this month! All Children’s Dental Health Month programming is free with museum admission.
Help Us Spread The Word!
Share this message with your friends and family, and especially with the children in your life. If you have any questions about children’s dental health, don’t hesitate to ask us!