Reports show students miss 51 million hours of school due to oral health problems every year. This is why February is National Children’s Dental Health month. We are encouraging parents to teach their children to brush their teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day. We suggest brushing your teeth with your child to help reinforce the importance of tooth brushing, after all they imitate everything you do! It is also important to teach them how to properly floss their teeth. Flossing is often overlooked, but is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth. Regular dental check ups are also important. Your child should have their teeth cleaned by a professional hygienist twice a year. Diet is an integral part of dental health care too. Sugary sweets should be kept to a minimum. An item often overlooked by parents are fruit snacks and other sticky substances, like gummy vitamins. Not only do fruit snacks have little nutritional value, but they stick to your child’s teeth causing cavities. A healthy diet not only benefits your teeth, but your body too! If you would like help teaching your child proper dental hygiene or would like to make an appointment to see one of our friendly hygienists, call 952-938-7746 or click HERE.