February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Most know that oral health care is vital at any age. But getting kids to brush can be quite the challenge.
Registered Hygenist Kori Lamberg from Bridges Community Health Care stopped by Sunrise 7 studio Thursday morning to give oral health care tips for parents.
Nothing beats routine. That’s according to Lamberg. She suggested for parents to make teeth brushing a part of the routine after breakfast and before bedtime. That allows the parent to set a good example for their kids.
Monkey see, monkey do. Parents can brush with their children, instilling the routine while completing their own care at the same time. Children can’t simply wet the toothbrush and say they brushed if a parent is watching in the same room.
One mistake to avoid is bribery. Lamberg says that it might make brushing a sweeter deal initially but in the longer run, it won’t work. Making oral care a non-negotiable part of a child’s everyday routine means less fussing when it comes time to brush and floss.
Finally parents should never ignore dental pain. “Rarely do children use dental pain as an excuse to stay home from school or get extra attention,” said Lamberg. Dental pain is serious and shouldn’t be ignored. Bring a child to your trusted dental office to check for any concerns.