National Children’s Dental Health Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month


Even though it is already the end of February I still think it is important to recognize that this month was National Children’s Dental Health Month. The goal is to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and their families. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.


According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should brush their teeth 2x a day for 2 minutes each time. It is also recommended that they visit a pediatric dentist every 6 months to prevent cavities and other dental problems. Have questions? Visit for more information.


So how do I get my child to brush their teeth? One thing to try is the Colgate Tooth Fairy app. This app has a 2-minute timer along with games to help make the time go by faster and ensure that they brush their teeth for the full 2 minutes.


It is also important to take sensory issues into account. First thing to note is that it is ok to take your time. Ease into tooth brushing and working up to the full 2 minutes. This will allow them to be comfortable with it and it will help to ease the process into the daily routine. Let the child do most of the brushing no matter how messy it is. This helps to empower the child and allows them to feel a sense of independence, and remember to over how they did and talk about tips for improving the next time.


These are just a couple of tips and tricks to help making tooth brushing an easier process. For more tips and tricks check out the links below.


-Matthew D’Antonio, DPT, PT

Pediatric Physical Therapist




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