‘February is National Children’s Dental Hygiene Month, during which you should do a couple things: firstly, you should make the first of two yearly checkup appointments; checkups are only necessary a couple times a year, but the couple of hours your kids spend in our office are worth it to their oral health. Secondly, you […]
The easiest way to remember the importance of a good routine is the “rule of two”: brush for two minutes, two times a day. If all your kids are doing is brush for a little bit, spit, and rinse, and they’re not thoroughly cleaning their teeth. Two minutes allows plenty of time to adequately brush ALL teeth. Set a timer, find a song that’s about that length, whatever it takes to make it a habit; the four minutes spent brushing are a small part of the day that makes a huge difference long term.
For bonus points, mouthwash and sugarless gum help keep teeth clean in between brushing; the former kills germs while the latter stimulates saliva while neutralizing acid, having the effect of running a “rinse cycle” in your mouth while you’re chewing gum—kids usually get on board with regularly chewing gum, too. If you encourage your kids to make these things part of their routine during National Children’s Dental Hygiene Month, they’ll be more likely to keep the habits for the rest of the year.’