Did you brush your teeth? This simple question has become a mantra for parents, uttered morning and night in households across America. It’s one of the ways parents ensure that their children stay healthy. The parents may not know it, but each year more than 51 million school hours are lost due to preventable dental illness in children. Brushing daily is certainly a great first step in keeping children healthy.
What other ways can you help your child maintain good oral care? In honor of Children’s Dental Health Month celebrated each February, here are some helpful hints to help parents encourage their children to brush and floss.
Dental milestones by age
When should you take your child to the dentist for the first time? Within six months of the eruption of the first tooth—usually by a child’s first birthday. That first visit is as much for the parents as it is for the child. The dentist will explain how to care for a young child’s teeth and what to expect.