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Bringing Awareness to Pediatric Dental Healthcare

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Bringing Awareness to Pediatric Dental Healthcare

added on: February 20, 2024

Every year the American Dental Association acknowledges February as National Children’s Dental Health Month. This month-long national observance of pediatric dental healthcare brings together thousands of dedicated oral health professionals to promote the benefits of good oral practice to children and their families. This year’s theme is, “Healthy Habits for Healthy Smiles” and we wanted to share some of our best habits for the brightest smiles. 

Start Early

Early dental care should start even before the debut of your child’s first tooth. Proactive actions such as wiping your baby’s gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding, is one way to establish the foundation for a healthy oral environment. This practice not only aids in preventing potential oral health issues but also instills a routine of dental care from the very beginning of your child’s life. Developing these habits early contributes to the overall well-being of your child’s oral health.

Limit Sugary Foods and Drinks

Monitoring your child’s sugar intake is essential. Excessive consumption of sugars can initiate the introduction of tooth decay. Encourage alternatives that promote dental health, such as extra protein, fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. When you steer towards healthier options, you not only mitigate the risks associated with excessive sugar but also contribute to the overall well-being of your child. This safeguards your child’s dental health and establishes dietary habits that can positively impact their overall health and wellness.

Schedule a Routine Dental Checkup

Regular dental checkups are a fundamental aspect of maintaining optimal oral health for your child. Consistent dentist visits allow for monitoring of dental well-being and early detection of any potential issues. Be sure to prioritize these routine visits to ensure that any emerging problems are identified and addressed promptly.  


To facilitate this, schedule regular pediatric dental healthcare checkups with a dentist who specializes in the unique needs of children (We know a great pediatric dentistry, if you’re looking). These specialized professionals possess the expertise to navigate challenges and concerns while providing tailored care that aligns with the developmental stages of a child’s oral health. Scheduling routine dental visits with a qualified pediatric dentist contributes to the immediate well-being of your child’s teeth and oral health practices.

Celebrate Progress

Taking the time to celebrate your child’s dental milestones is a meaningful practice. Whether it be their first tooth, losing a baby tooth, or the achievement of graduating from braces, acknowledging these moments provides positive reinforcement that goes beyond the joy of the occasion. Celebration serves as a powerful tool in reinforcing the significance of maintaining good oral health habits. It instills a sense of accomplishment and pride in your child, associating positive feelings with their commitment to dental care. Through positive reinforcement, you contribute to the development of a healthy attitude towards oral hygiene, increasing the likelihood of your child will carrying these habits into adulthood. 

Remember Patience and Persistence

Developing healthy habits is a gradual process that demands both time and patience. Consistency in your efforts and gentle reminders play pivotal roles in this journey. Guidance and support can help your child acquire the necessary skills for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Encouraging these habits through understanding and persistence nurtures your child’s physical well-being and fosters a sense of responsibility and self-care.

Start Your Healthy Habits at LeBlanc & Associates

By incorporating these practices into your child’s routine and providing consistent guidance, you contribute to their immediate dental well-being and lay the foundation for a future adorned with bright and healthy smiles. Start your Health Dental Habits with LeBlanc by setting an appointment with us today. Happy National Children’s Dental Health Month!