Briarfield Dental - January /February 2019

Jan/Feb 2019

WHERE DO SUPERHEROES GO TO THE DENTIST?

Join the Fun at Kids’ Day

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dressed like Spider-Man, and I have been known to dress as the Hulk or Bruce Banner, depending on my mood — and whether or not I feel like wearing those purple shorts. We still see adult patients on Kids’ Day, but these days are really geared toward helping kids enjoy coming to the dentist. Even adults can get nervous about dentist appointments and that can cause people to put off

Dr. Stuckey here. It’s been a little while, but we’re back and just in time for the important month of February. This is National Children’s Dental Health Month, an event sponsored by the American Dental Association to raise awareness about the importance of oral health in children. There’s a misconception that kids don’t have to worry about oral health until their permanent teeth come in, but this isn’t true. The state of your oral health during your formative years can have a huge impact on your health as an adult. We don’t plan anything extra special for National Children’s Dental Health Month, because we do a Kids’ Day celebration every month of the year. Once a month, we offer our young patients special prizes and rewards for coming to see us on Kids’ Day. Kids get to go home with new spin brushes, we have special discounts on sealants, and each Kids’ Day is extra special because we choose a theme to go along with the fun. The staff really goes all out by decorating and wearing costumes to match the theme. We kicked off 2019 with a New Year’s party for the kids, which was a lot of fun. In the past, we’ve done Football Day, Dinosaur Day, Pirate Day, Snow Day, and Summer Vacation Day. My favorite Kids’ Day theme last year was Superhero Day. We had some kids come in

visits that are necessary to maintain good health. With Kids’ Day, we want to teach kids important lessons and show them that going to the dentist isn’t something to be afraid of. We talk about oral health and cavity prevention, but we also focus on the overall health of our young patients with nutrition advice and airway screening tests. “ With Kids’ Day, we want to teach kids important lessons and show them that going to the dentist isn’t something to be afraid of. ”

There are so many important things to teach kids about staying healthy that we’re only just starting to learn. Sleep is one area that has been overlooked for a long time. It’s equally important for kids to be getting a restful night’s sleep as it is for adults. Our Healthy Start programs exist to answer the unique risks children face, such as restricted airways, and help them enjoy a healthy childhood that can lead to a healthier life. We have a lot of great Kids’ Days planned for 2019, and I’m proud to play my part in protecting the health and well-being of the next generation. Our next Kids’ Day is Valentine’s Day-themed on Feb. 14. I can’t wait to see everyone there! –Dr. Stuckey

The reason we host Kids’ Days all year long is because I don’t believe children’s health should be designated to just a single month.

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