Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) Children’s Dental Hygiene Month activity and contest
Celebrate February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month with a SMILE!
Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. Great Expressions Dental Centers is encouraging children to participate in good oral hygiene practices, and the GEDC is launching a Facebook contest, “Show Us Your Smile”, starting February 1 which offers parents a chance to submit a photo of their child’s smile for a chance to win a movie bundle every week and one bike at the end as a grand prize. Prizes will be given out each week through the entire month of February!
How to Enter! Visit www.facebook.com/greatexpressions to read the contest rules and how to enter. Parents submit a photo of their child’s smile for a chance to win a free bike (final grand prize) and/or a movie bundle (each week.) Winners will be selected once per week throughout the month of February.
During this month, the American Dental Association is asking people to “Defeat Monster Mouth.” Here are some great tips and ways to keep your child’s teeth cavity-free! (cite: MouthHealthy.org)
The ADA recommends parents take children to a dentist no later than their first birthday. Here’s what you can do at home to start healthy habits:
- Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur. A baby’s front four teeth usually push through the gums at about 6 months of age, although some children don’t have their first tooth until 12 or 14 months.
- Until you’re comfortable that your child can brush on his or her own, continue to brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a child-size toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. When your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin flossing their teeth daily.
- For children younger than 3 years, caregivers should begin brushing children’s teeth as soon as they begin to come into the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children’s brushing to ensure that they use of the appropriate amount of toothpaste.
- For children 3 to 6 years of age, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children’s brushing and remind them not to swallow the toothpaste.
Check out MouthHealthy.org for more guides to your child’s dental health, such as limiting snacks and eating healthy meals! I highly recommend it!
About GEDC: For more than 35 years, Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) has been exceeding patients’ expectations with more than 170 dental centers across the United States. GEDC is one of the largest privately owned dental practice management companies in the United States and its employees continue to maintain the dedication and core values found in small, hometown dental practices, but with the stability and convenience of an established national organization. GEDC’s mission is to provide affordable dental care without sacrificing quality and convenience. GEDC accepts most major insurances and is focused on partnering with insurers to increase access for patients.
Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) Children’s Dental Hygiene Month activity and contest.
FREE TO ENTER for a chance to win a free bike or movie bundle!