Dental Health Tips for Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month

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This post was sponsored by the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central.

Did you know that February is Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month?  It’s no secret these days that dental health is linked to our overall health, so as moms and dads, it’s important to make sure that our kids are getting the dental care they need! MetLife wants to remind active duty and reservist members and families about their important dental benefits that you can get with their coverage, but we have some great tips for all parents!

We all know that it’s important to get our kids for the dentists for checkups and cleanings – MetLife TRICARE members are covered for two cleanings and two exams per year at no cost, when you visit a network dentist.  

Young happy girl looking at the dentist during oral checkup

However, there is a lot more to dental health than just cleaning, so here are a few other tips for keeping your child’s teeth healthy this year!  

  1.  Encourage good brushing and flossing habits

          Make brushing and flossing fun!  Reward systems work well with younger kiddos as well.  Brushing and flossing from an early age (even before your kids have teeth) can help establish good dental hygiene habits early.  Also, make sure to ask your dentist about fluoride applications – if you have Metlife Tricare Dental, two applications are covered in a consecutive 12 month period.  

     2.   Limit sugary snacks and drinks, and brush afterwards

      We all know that soda and candy aren’t good for our kids, but when you do let them indulge, have them brush right after.  

    3.  Get Tooth Sealant

    Tooth sealant is a plastic material that is applied to your child’s molars to prevent cavities. I would have missed out on a few cavities myself if these had been around.  Plus, they are really easy to apply – no drilling!  It is generally recommended that sealants be placed on permanent molar teeth shortly after they erupt, which is around 6, and then around 12.  And sealants on permanent molars are covered for children through the age of 18, with a 20% cost share for those on MetLife TRICARE Dental Program.  

   4.   Help Stop Grinding

   Children grind their teeth most often at night time, and can cause jaw pain, headaches, and tooth wear.  My older daughter used to grind her teeth so badly that it woke me from another room once – I thought it was a burglar!  You can try a few things to help your child, like making sure their stress levels are low before bed, massage, stretching exercises, and making sure they drink plenty of water (dehydration may be linked to teeth grinding).  However, you should ask your dentist to monitor your child’s teeth if they grind – which is another great reason to make sure that you are taking your child to the dentist regularly!  

If you are active duty military, or are a reservist or military dependent, check out MetLife Tricare Dental if you don’t have it already! You can visit on Facebook, and if you haven’t enrolled, there are four easy ways, including online!  For additional program information, visit MetLife Tricare or call their toll-free customer service number at 1-855-638-8371.

How do you help make sure your children’s dental health is taken care of?  What new habits can you start for Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month?

Comments

  1. says

    Indeed, grinding is terrible for your oral health. I didn’t know that sleep grinding could be caused by stress or dehydration though, I’ll have to keep that in mind. If you know your child does sleep grind, then I agree, it’s smart to talk to the dentist about it.

  2. says

    I recently had to take my kids to the dentist and my daughter has to get braces. I do believe that dental health is very important and having a great smile is also a huge confident booster.

  3. Rebecca Swenor says

    It is so important for us as parents to make our children aware of how important dental care is to there health. I believe it is so important for any family to have dental care. Metlife Tricare Dental program is great for military families.

  4. says

    Brushing my kids teeth is just as hard as pulling them. Battle every day! I like your tips and need to check into the sealant. I had it done as a kid and believe that one of my kids is now old enough. Thanks!

  5. says

    These are great tips, my youngest just had his molars come through and we had them sealed. I had never done that with my older two. We are trying really hard to keep sugar at bay.

  6. says

    I was always very careful with my children with brushing, and with what they ate, and with my own teeth also. You only get one set so we have to watch out for them. Thanks for sharing.

  7. says

    These are great tips, it is best to instill good dental hygiene as young as possible. My kids have never had a problem with going to the dentist.

  8. says

    It’s so important to take care of the kids’ teeth with regular brushing, flossing and dentist visits. We recently took our 4 year old to the dentist and it went much better than expected.

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