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Feb 10, 2014

February Is National Children's Dental Health Month

MaryAnn Gaver

"Be sure to brush gently, okay?" I reminded the twins as they scrambled from the lunch table that afternoon. I walked upstairs and looked into the bathroom where the twins faced each other like mirror images, and pulled out their bright toothbrushes (from the pretend sheaths) and started scrubbing―as if  they were in some kind of dental competition to out-do the opponent to win the incisor-polishing contest. Just then, they both looked over at me with those toothy, second-grade grins―and giggled...

Here's another benefit to homeschooling―you and your kids can brush after meals to prevent the build-up of plaque that can harden into tartar. Eww! Take it from the wife of a Dental Lab owner―your teeth are precious, and you don't want to ignore them.

February is a great time to teach kids about the benefits of good dental hygiene―brushing (with a soft-bristled brush) twice per day, and flossing at least once per day to remove plaque that isn't removed by brushing. 

For tips on dental health, check out the American Dental Association's site (ada.org)―or the big authority on little teeth, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

When your kids look at you with those 1,000-watt smiles, you'll be glad that you reminded them of the importance of good dental hygiene.

Have a brilliant day!  God bless you.

love,

MaryAnn

Photo Credit: G.C pics

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