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Kids’ Dental Rewind Time - No Kidding

Feb 12, 2014

By Dean George

In case you missed it between Super Bowl XLVIII, the start of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and the XXVIIth change to the Affordable Care Act, February is National Children’s Dental Health Month – for the LXXIII time.

The theme of this year’s campaign is “Join the Super Smile Team.” The purpose of the annual event is to help children develop good dental habits at an early age, to schedule regular dental visits and to continue a lifetime habit of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. All of which is easier with an affordable and dependable dental plan, of course.

Kids' Dental Rewind
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To celebrate the event we’re giving away a toboggan worth of cookies, candy, cupcakes and high-fructose colas. Just kidding. Felicia and I have written a lot about the importance of kids taking care of their teeth, developing good oral hygiene habits, eating right, and visiting the dentist on a regular basis as they transition from baby teeth to their adult chompers. Did we mention the importance of a dependable dental plan yet?

With that in mind, below are a few posts with kiddie themes we’ve done the past 18 months. Vote for your favorites by sending $2 (pennies are a plus) in a self-addressed stamped envelope and address to ToothTeller c/o the Dental Insurance Store. Or if you prefer, just contact us via social media and let us know what you think. Enjoy!

Malocclusion is a $5 Latin word for bad bite. As you might guess, bad bites and tooth spacing problems have been with us since Julius Caesar starred in Latin Glee Club. Fortunately for children today, orthodontia and braces have come a long way since I was young and kids wearing orthodontic braces looked like they had swallowed a lunar landing device with their school lunch. Anyway, Andy and his mom Angela of Southwest Victoria, Australia were kind enough to share Andy’s experience as a newfound wearer of braces.

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There’s an App for That? Whatever the subject, it seems there are apps for everything these days. There are apps ranging from dog training whistles and hand warmers to “breaking wind” simulators and fake call generators that provide excuses for leaving meetings or dates gone awry. A year ago we had a chance to review a clever little app that encourages kids to brush and times them while doing so. Brush with Jackson features a bushy-tailed rabbit that speaks, giggles, and plays a mean toothbrush gazoo. If you missed this post the first time around, hop to it and check out Jackson, the wascally wabbit.

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Techie Teeth Time And speaking of technology for kids and those adults stuck in Peter Pan mode, last summer Felicia reviewed several technology innovations that make brushing not only palatable, but entertaining. For proof, check out her son Aden P. and his sweet moves on YouTube:

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Like the Princesses The world is an awesome place when you’re 3-years-old. I should know because my wife has told me I act like one when there’re honey-do’s to be done.  Anyway, our own kids were a little shy about sharing their dental experiences when asked – probably because they’re north of 30 and thankfully nothing like Pajama Boy.  Fortunately for our interview my granddaughter Della had no such reservations about discussing recollections of her very first dental visit.

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Not Those Three Little Pigs! Finally, who doesn’t like a good fairy tale? One of the classics concerns 3 little pigs searching for a good dental plan. What? You were expecting a big bad wolf, shoddy pre-fabricated housing, and a lot of huffing and puffing? Sorry, but what does that have to do with dental plans and oral health? This is still a dental blog after all, as this post will attest.

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The reason we write so much about kids and their teeth is because regular dental check-ups and the importance of brushing twice a day is about more than school photos and self-esteem.  It's far better to address tooth issues at a young age and instill good oral hygiene habits than waiting to adulthood when more serious oral health issues could result. Not to mention preserving the original teeth equipment!

We have a good selection of affordable dental plans that can help manage the costs of kids' oral health needs from dental sealants to orthodontia. To see what plans are available in your area, click here.

Thanks for reading, and for more oral health and dental adventures be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, and LinkedIn.


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