Tips for creating healthy smiles

Now that the kids have finished all the candy they collected during Valentine’s Day, take a moment to tell them about another important February celebration: Children’s Dental Health Month. 

Healthy teeth are an important part of your child’s overall well-being, so it’s important to teach good habits, according to MedlinePlus, an online resource with medical tips and advice that’s part of the National Institutes of Health. 

Dental care should begin during infancy. Parents should clean their baby’s teeth with a soft, clean cloth or toothbrush, and avoid putting the child to bed with a bottle. Starting at age 2, children can use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste to brush. 

For tips to help your youngster brush properly, go to healthychildren.org/english/healthy-living/oral-health/pages/toothbrushing-tips-for-young-children.aspx.