February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! I am sure we have all been there at one point or another. Struggling to get our little ones to brush their teeth before bed! But we all know just how important it is to make sure we get that teeth time in! All young children need help with brushing from an adult to make sure a good job is done.
- As soon as baby is born, you can start good oral health practices. If possible, use a soft washcloth to wipe your baby’s gums after feedings. Remember not to put babies to bed with abottle filled with milk. And, when it is time to introduce solids, choose healthy foods to reduce the risk of tooth decay.
- For children under age 3: As soon as you see a tooth in your baby’s mouth you can start t0 BRUSH! Use a smear (grain of rice) of toothpaste with fluoride 2 times per day.
- For children ages 3–6: Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. It is OK to let them practice with the brush, but you get your turn too.
On Tuesday, February 23rd, the Ad Council’s Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign will hold a Twitter chat to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month with cohosts Momfluential, HaveSippy and Teeth Fairies and we would love for you to join us!
The chat will focus on how parents can win the #BedtimeBattle with the 3 Bs: Brush, Book, Bed. Tips will be shared for structuring children’s nighttime routines in a healthy way (including brushing for 2 minutes) that helps them get to sleep.
Together, we can win the #BedtimeBattle for healthier children and happier parents – and you might even win prizes from Teeth Fairies. It’s a win/win.