Since February happens to be National Children’s Dental Health Month, we thought we would cover the topic of teaching your children about the importance of having great oral health. We try keeping our teeth as long as we can, and good oral hygiene starts from childhood.
If you think about the amount of people in this country that have Dentophobia or a fear of dentists, you have to wonder where it began. Studies show that they begin in childhood, or with a bad dental experience. That’s why it’s important that we teach our children not to be fearful and to know that the Dentist is there to help and not harm.
Children should begin seeing the dentist regularly when they are 1 or within 6 months after the first tooth erupting. This is not only good for the child’s oral health, but it also helps them to view the Dentist as another Doctor that is there to help. It normalizes the experience which can be helpful for a lifetime.
If you need assistance in tackling the job, ask your Dentist for suggestions. Another great resource for crafts and other materials is the American Dental Association. They have a wonderful section on their site that does just that…makes it fun for those kiddies to learn and it keeps them occupied and out of your hair. The link is below.