Dental Health Month: 5 Tips for a Gold Medal Smile

National_Children3b February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Dental Assocation (ADA). This year’s theme is “Gold Medal Smile.” All month long, Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry will work with the ADA to raise awareness in the community about the importance of oral health.

To kick off the campaign, here are 5 tips to help your kids achieve a gold medal smile:

  1. Talk about Teeth. Seize opportune moments throughout the day to discuss the importance of healthy teeth. Find photos of smiling faces in magazines. Ask the kids what teeth do for those smiles. During dinner, investigate the different foods on your plate and talk about how easily each one could be chewed without teeth. You may even link teeth with pronunciation by playing a game – try saying words like “teeth” and “ladybug” without touching your tongues to your teeth!
  2. Make Healthy Snacks Together. Kids who participate in their own meal preparation gain valuable tools for a healthy lifestyle while decreasing the opportunity for plaque to accumulate through starchy, sugary foods. Instead of going for the cookies or chips after school, cut up cheese cubes together, select fruits to go with yogurt, or let your child create a mystery smoothie from a countertop covered with healthy possibilities.
  3. Photo: Healthy Smiles

    Photo: Healthy Smiles

    Brush, Brush, Brush Your Teeth. Need a new song to go with the twice-daily brushing routine? Here are some fun lyrics to an ADA adaptation of the classic tune, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”

Brush, brush, brush your teeth, brush them every day.

Right, left, up, down, clean the plaque away.

Brush, brush, brush your teeth, brush them every day.

Front, back, take off the plaque, now we smile all day.

  1. Play with Floss. Find new ways to make flossing interesting. Purchase several varieties of floss from the local drugstore and see if your child can tell the difference between waxed, unwaxed, extra fine, regular, or flavored just by looking at them. Next, try using the different types of floss on your teeth and choose your favorites!
  2. AutismAwarenessMonthSchedule a Tour of the Dental Office. Did you know that our dental office has video games in the lobby, a two-level playhouse, private rooms with movies at the ready, and everything from aquarium themes to butterfly mobiles floating on the walls? Get your child amped up for his or her next appointment by scheduling a tour with our friendly staff today!

 Ready for more ideas? ADA for kids offers videos, games, and fun activities you can download from the site. Read along to “Visit the Dentist with Marty,” learn how to play “To Tell the Tooth,” or download a dental word search today.

Comments

  1. Every parent must make their kids aware of basic dental education, they should consider the dental issues as same to the general health issues.
    Very informative and helpful.
    Thank You

    • You’re totally right. It’s really important for the kids to learn those basic remedies on how to take care of their oral health as soon as possible. If a certain parent didn’t taught their kids while they’re still young. Their children will be suffer from ignorance on dental issues and urgency.

  2. Thanks for these tips! I’ve put off taking my daughter to the dentist because there are so many dentists in Victoria, BC and I feel overwhelmed. I know it’s something I need to do but I’m glad to know there are thing we can be doing at home to keep her little teeth healthy. And having a tour of the office is a great idea. Thanks again!

  3. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes. If you don’t spend enough time brushing, you will not get your teeth clean. You need a full two minutes to brush the front, back, and top of your teeth. You should also brush your gums. Be gentle when brushing your gums.

    Behnam Aghabeigi

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