NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH
THE IMPORTANCE OF CELEBRATING
In addition to these resources, there are many other ways parents and guardians can participate. Before heading out for the day or crawling into bed, make a fun activity out of brushing and flossing your teeth with the kids. By engaging in the same habit at the same time, you’re giving them a chance to learn firsthand and see that adults care about their teeth, too. Another great way to promote dental health for NCDHM is to schedule a dentist appointment for your child. Making sure your child has regular visits to the dentist ensures optimum oral health and teaches them how vital these visits are. To schedule an appointment for your child, visit us at BeaumontFamilyDentistry.com.
Dental hygiene is essential for overall health, especially for children. Kids have an easier time developing healthy habits that will benefit them for the rest of their lives, so it is important to teach kids how to maintain proper dental health, like brushing and flossing twice a day. However, ensuring kids take care of their teeth can be quite a challenge for parents. Luckily, February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM)! This month spreads awareness about oral health and is the perfect time to encourage children to be more aware of what goes on in their mouths. The American Dental Association first celebrated dental health for kids on Feb. 8, 1949. It has since swept through the nation and taken over the entire month of February. The ADA created NCDHM to give parents, caregivers, and teachers the resources they need to teach and encourage oral care in younger generations. These resources include flyers, posters, activity sheets for kids, and useful planning timetable tips, all of which can be found on the 2020 NCDHM Program Planning Guide at ADA.org/NCDHM.
VEGAN BANANA PANCAKES
1. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. 2. In a separate bowl, whisk bananas, soy milk, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla together. 3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir. Don’t overmix. Lumps are okay. 4. Spray a heated pancake griddle with cooking spray, and scoop 1/4 cup of the mixture onto the griddle. Repeat until the griddle is filled. 5. After 3 minutes or when bubbles appear, flip each pancake. 6. After each pancake has risen to double its initial height, remove from griddle. Repeat as necessary until batter is gone. 7. Serve with your favorite toppings!
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1 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 extra ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup soy milk
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
Inspired by My Darling Vegan
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