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National Children's Dental Health Month

National Children's Dental Health Month began in 1949 by the American Dental Association, and is observed each February to raise awareness of the importance of dental health. At Oak Ridge Dental Arts, we celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month with our Tooth Fairy Program. The Oak Ridge Dental Arts Tooth Fairy visits local schools to educate children about the importance of proper dental care in a fun and exciting way.

Tips from the Oak Ridge Dental Arts Tooth Fairy for a Healthy Smile:

1. Brush for two minutes two times a day
Make sure to brush in the morning and at night before bed. It is important to brush the inner, outer and chewing surfaces of your child's teeth.

2. Floss Daily
It is important to floss your child's teeth daily. Flossing removes plaque from the surfaces between the teeth, which are the surfaces that are impossible to clean with a toothbrush.

3. Visit the dentist every six months
Regular cleanings and check-ups are very important. These visits allow for optimal cleaning and for your dentist to catch and problems, such as cavities.

Parents, helping your children develop good dental care habits now can lead to a lifetime of healthy smiles!

How can you make dental care fun for your child?

  • Let your child pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste flavor.
  • Turn brushing and flossing into a game to "fight off the bad guys" like plaque.
  • Play two minute fun songs for your child to listen to while brushing.
When should you start brushing your child's teeth?
  • Children's teeth are at risk of decay as soon as they appear, so it is important to start brushing your child's teeth as soon as you see their very first tooth.
When should you bring your child in for their first appointment?
  • Your child's first dental appointment should be at one year old or after their first tooth comes in. The first appointment will help develop a positive relationship with the dentist and a positive dental visit experience to prevent fear in the future. The first visit will also allow the dentist to catch problems like decay or developmental issues.

If you are ready to bring your child in for their first dental appointment, or if they haven't been to the dentist in the past six months, call us today and schedule their appointment. The staff at Oak Ridge Dental Arts are very child friendly, gentle, and are dedicated to providing a fun, positive dental experience for your child.