If your New Year’s resolutions didn’t include taking care of your family’s dental health, Dr Pyle and the American Dental Association (ADA) are here to help you correct that because February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. According to the ADA “Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums”.
Where can I get more information about dental care for children?
Don’t be surprised if your child comes home from their pre-school or kindergarten with information about dental health for you! Some schools cover this topic during February.As a service to our community during Dental Health Month, members of our staff travel to preschools and kindergarten classrooms with fun activities that teach kids about the importance of taking care of their teeth.
A healthy smile is important to a child’s self-esteem, and healthy baby teeth give a higher assurance that permanent teeth will come in with the correct placement. With proper care, a balanced diet and regular dental visits, their teeth can remain healthy and strong.Your own dentist (if you are part of a family dental practice) is your first source of information about the importance of regular dental examinations for the whole family.We recommend that by the time a child is toilet-trained and ready for pre-school, between 3 and 4 years of age, that they are also ready for their first dental appointment.
What does your staff teach children at the schools?
We share a fun video about Dudley the dinosaur who teaches children how to have healthy teeth and good oral hygiene.The kids are given coloring books and we do other learning activities with them.They even get a goody bag to take home with them.We have already visited St Paul Lutheran Preschool, and are scheduled to visit the kindergarteners at St Bonaventure Catholic School.For pictures, please visit the Community service section of our website.
What should I be doing as a parent?
Teach kids as young as age 2 or 3 how to brush using a small amount of toothpaste, just be sure to supervise them so they don’t swallow the toothpaste.You can also discuss which foods and activities are good (and bad) for their teeth.
We encourage parents to bring their child along on their own dental visits before scheduling one for their child to let them grow comfortable with the office and staff. By the time they are in pre-school, they should have their own first appointment which we keep very simple and fun.We have a drawer full of stickers and small toys for your child to claim as their reward for each successful trip to our office.
What about other dental services for my child?
Our Weston dental office offers a full range of services for kids, and subsequent visits can include any needed fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, CariFree cavity prevention, sports guards and digital x-rays.