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February is Children’s Dental Health Month
-How to Get Children Excited About Oral Hygiene-
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. This
month-long national health observance brings together
dedicated dental and healthcare professionals to help
promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their
caregivers, teachers and many others.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry,
a child should visit the dentist by age one, or within six
months of the eruption of his or her first tooth. However,
many children do not visit the dentist until well after the
time recommended by medical and dental professionals.
Parents may be unaware of the dental health timeline, or
they may be reluctant to bring their child for fear of how
their child will behave—especially if parents are harboring
their own apprehensions about the dentist.
ProHEALTH Dental has some tips to help get children more
excited about oral hygiene.
Make it a competition
Make a game out of brushing by seeing which child can
brush the longest or who can gargle the loudest. If you have
one child, see if they can beat the 2-minute brushing timer.
Use fun accessories
Adding colorful toothbrushes, flavored toothpaste and
vibrant floss will make the regular old bedtime regimen a
blast. Your little one will be excited to wake up and do it all
Lead by example
Children are observers and soak in what they see adults do.
Show your little ones just how much you enjoy taking care of
your teeth. They will be thrilled to join in on the fun.
Make the dentist fun
Plan a fun family outing around your child’s regularly
scheduled six-month checkup. Visit their favorite restaurant or
spend a day at the park. This will help to alleviate any stress or
worries they may associate with a dental appointment. Our
offices include pediatric specific operatories to ensure your little
one not only gets the check-up they deserve, but also enjoy the
“As a fulltime working mom, I understand the challenges
parents face when trying to maintain their child’s oral hygiene,”
said Dr. Sandra Chung, a Pediatric Dentist for ProHEALTH
Dental. “It can be a daily struggle getting children to brush or
on a busy day you might forget to remind your child to brush
and he or she is already out the door or fast asleep. Hopefully,
some of these techniques will help to reinforce good oral
hygiene habits while making brushing and flossing fun for the
By employing these techniques, children’s dental visits can be
more pleasant, paving the way for a lifetime of good oral health.
ProHEALTH Dental provides the convenience, comfort and
clinical expertise to ensure optimum oral health for the entire
family with offices in Long Island, Queens and Westchester. We
focus on educating our patients about the importance of oral
health as part of total wellness. We participate in most major
dental plans. For patients without dental insurance, a VIP
Program is available which allows patients to pay a fixed nominal
fee for all preventative care and receive a 25% discount off other
services. For more information or to make an appointment,
please call 1-855-PHD-CARE/718-DENTIST.
About ProHEALTH Dental:
Based in Lake Success, New York, ProHEALTH Dental partners
with health systems and medical groups to coordinate dental
services with primary care medical services and promote the oral
and overall health and well-being of their patients. Under these
partnership arrangements, ProHEALTH Dental develops
state-of-the-art dental offices to provide both preventative and
restorative dentistry, as well as all needed specialty services, for
both children and adults. ProHEALTH Dental currently operates in
Long Island, Queens, Westchester and New Jersey. For more
information, visit prohealthcaredental.com.
Convenient Hours. Most Insurances Accepted. 855-PHD-CARE/718-DENTIST
Astoria Bay Shore Corona Howard Beach Huntington Lake Success Long Island City Oceanside ProHEALTHCareDental.com
We will be celebrating by providing
FREE Oral Health Screenings
for children up to age 12
with one of our Pediatric Dentists in
Howard Beach - Long Island City
during the week of February 17th - 22nd
The American Dental Association has designated February to raise
awareness about the importance of good
oral health. Scheduling regular dental visits is one of the first steps you
can take to keep your child healthy.