At Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry, we love giving back to our community. Recently, our team visited Hunt Elementary to teach students about good oral hygiene and the positive steps they can take to keep their teeth healthy. The students were eager to learn and full of questions, making for a great day at the school.
Even if your child does not attend Hunt Elementary, you can still teach them about good oral hygiene using the 3 tips below!
1. Brush the Right Way
At Hunt Elementary, we showed the kids the right way to brush their teeth. Many people, both young and old, believe that brushing vigorously means they can finish brushing more quickly. However, brushing vigorously can damage your enamel. Instead, brush gently and thoroughly for two minutes, twice each day. Your teeth and gums will thank you!
2. Watch What You Eat
We also spoke to the kids at Hunt about how the food they eat can affect their health. We taught the students how the bacteria in their mouth feed on sugar, breaking it down into acid that can wear away the enamel on their teeth, causing cavities and decay. We recommend eating healthy snacks like celery and almonds, as well as drinking water instead of soda and juice.
3. Visit Our Office
We understand that kids (and adults, for that matter) may feel nervous about visiting the dentist. We talked about the different ways our team creates a welcoming and comfortable environment for our patients. Our office is covered in colorful murals, and our waiting area and treatment rooms are stocked with toys, books, and games. In fact, there’s so much to look at and play with that your kids may not even want to leave after their appointment!
We loved giving back to the community by educating the students at Hunt Elementary. Our team hopes to hold similar programs in the future. To schedule your child’s next appointment or to ask us any questions about these dental tips or your child’s oral health, call our office today!