Are your kids taking care of their teeth? Right now is the perfect time to really get on top of things because February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Dr. Corey Ford, general dentist at Vital Smiles, tells Cherish Lombard kids give him all sorts of excuses why they don’t like to brush their teeth! He says when you brush your teeth, make it look like fun so your kids will want to do it too. He says you may also want to buy them the same color toothbrush you have, or try buying them an electric one so brushing is more fun. Dr. Ford says when it comes to getting your kids to go to the dentist, tell them a good story, let them take their favorite stuffed animal with them or even play a game with them.
According to National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. More than 40 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have had a cavity in their primary teeth, and more than two-thirds of 16 to 19 year olds have had a cavity in their permanent teeth. Dr. Ford says the sooner you start your child with proper dental habits, the better chance they’ll have of enjoying all the benefits of healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. He says with regular dental checkups every six months, your child can also avoid some of the serious health problems that can result from poor dental hygiene.
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