Valentine’s Day Tip, Tricks and Suggestions

Valentine’s Day Tip, Tricks and Suggestions

It’s that time of year again! Time to show the one you love just how much you love them.

For your kids of course, this day is nothing but eating candy, writing, and opening Valentine’s Day cards.

Although it’s a fun day, it can be quite costly after you’ve purchased everything and planned a date night. We are going to give you some tried and true tips to help get you through this holiday without breaking the bank.

 

Valentine’s Day Cards

For kids, cards are one of the staples of Valentine’s Day; they are exciting to give and even more exciting to receive. However, for parents it’s hard to come up with something catchy every year that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. We found these adorable downloadable Valentine’s Day cards that won’t cost you a thing and will serve as a reminder to other kids to keep their teeth clean! Follow the link below to print.

Free Valentine’s Day Cards

 

Treats

Treats are the other staple of Valentine’s Day. Most people will buy a bag of candy and call it a day. However, this isn’t the healthiest or best option as some kids could have allergies to specific foods. Last year for Valentine’s Day we gave out a cute printable card (FREE) that said “You light up my life” Card with a glow stick taped to the back of it. Our patients loved them and it was something that all ages could enjoy!

Do your best to steer clear of candy treats. Sticky and gummy treats tend to stick to your teeth and/or pull out existing fillings.  If you do some searching online there are so many other cute and witty non candy items that will cost you pennies and make you the coolest Mom in your kid’s class!

 

Date Ideas

Now that we have your kids covered it’s time to get you squared away! As parents you may not be able to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the actual day but, if you’re able to get a sitter we have some inexpensive things for you and your spouse to do that are actually really fun!

  1. Game Night

Planning a romantic date may not be feasible for you, so why not revert back to the good ole days of being a care free teenager! Take advantage of someone else caring for your kids and hit the arcade with your other half. A game night is super low key that takes the pressure off planning a romantic date and replaces it with an old school game of Frogger or Dance Dance Revolution battle. When the night is over, head to the prize area and buy each other a funny gift with all of your winning tickets.

  1. Netflix and Dinner

If you’re a parent, chances are you’re exhausted and need a night to just relax.  Order your favorite food, get into your comfy clothes and spend your night eating, cuddling, and binge watching a mini-series. This night is a dream come true for most parents!

  1. Playing Board Games

Not much of a TV watcher? Another fun stay at home idea is playing board games. Makes some fun snacks like meat a cheese tray or and snack while you play. You might be surprised at your partner’s competitive nature while the kids aren’t around!

 

Hopefully our tips have helped give you some ideas to put some excitement in your kids Valentine’s Day and yours as well!

10 Valentine’s Day Classroom Activities

10 Valentine’s Day Classroom Activities

If you’re a Teacher, you know how exciting Valentine’s Day is for your students.

It’s a great time to celebrate friendship and love with your class by putting on the world’s best Valentine’s party.

Teacher Approved

If you’ve have run short on ideas or don’t want to break the bank click the link below to this website we found. It has 10 teacher approved ideas to help kick start your party!

10 Classroom Ideas for Teachers

We love Valentine’s Day in our office and feel strongly about celebrating it! Our favorite on this particular website is number 9. You can buy plastic hearts at any dollar store and use them as a fun way of teaching such as math. There is always time for partying and opening cards, but if you can incorporate Valentine’s Day into learning you just won as a teacher in your students eyes!

Discrepancy Found Between Oral Health and Race in Children

Discrepancy Found Between Oral Health and Race in Children

We want all kids from all backgrounds and all different walks of life to have equal access to proper dental care, but that’s not the case.

“Did you know Latino kids are 2x as likely to develop cavities than most other children? At least 1 in 3 Latino kids ages 2-5 has untreated cavities, according to a report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

What You Can Do

So what can you do? Well, it’s important to remember that no matter what your child’s ethnicity or culture, dental care is important to everyone. Healthy dental habits start at home. So make sure your child is brushing their teeth every morning and night, flossing, and using mouthwash. At home treatment is necessary, but it’s not enough. Kids should additionally be attending regular visits to the dentist to ensure their teeth are healthy and growing properly. Unfortunately, at this time, there is an inconsistency among children but hopefully, if you encourage healthy habits in your children that gap will grow smaller and finally close.

To learn more about the inequality in oral health among children refer to Why Oral Health Matters for Latino Kids.

Instilling Healthy Dental Habits at a Young Age

Instilling Healthy Dental Habits at a Young Age

Children are more likely to continue habits if they start learning them at a young age.  Therefore, teaching your kids healthy oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing will only set them up for a lifetime of good habits. When that first tooth comes through, it’s crucial to start caring for it right away as decay can occur in children as young as infancy.

 

Baby Teeth Education

Education on caring for baby teeth is important. We’ve found a website that goes into great detail about ages of eruption, brushing, teething and much more.

Benefits of early oral hygiene habits

“Your child’s baby teeth are at risk for decay as soon as they first appear—which is typically around age 6 months.”

We follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s guidelines and they recommend establishing a dental home for your child by age one. This gives the child an opportunity to learn excellent oral hygiene habits and give you an opportunity to ask questions.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s oral health give us a call. We are always here to help!

Your Child’s Dental Hygiene Starts With You

Your Child’s Dental Hygiene Starts With You

You ask your kids if they brushed their teeth before bed, but are you asking yourself the same kinds of questions? You want your kids to grow into healthy adults, but to do that you need to practice the habits of a healthy adult too.

“Kids learn by example, and parents are the first and primary example kids have when it comes to creating healthy habits on their own.”

Set An Example

So don’t be a hypocrite if you’re telling your kids to floss, brush their teeth morning and nights, and use mouthwash you better be doing the same for yourself. If you don’t invest your time in your oral health then they won’t invest time in theirs. After all, why would they want to do something that mom or dad doesn’t even do? Make yourself the leader of oral care and they will follow in your footsteps ensuring healthy purely whites from childhood to old age.

For more information on how you can help your kids and yourself maintain oral health refer to 5 Healthy Habits For Your Kids’ Oral Care.

Should Your Kids Really Be Allowed To Drink Soda?

Should Your Kids Really Be Allowed To Drink Soda?

Soda has already been proven to have poor effects on general health, but did you ever consider what it’s doing to your child’s teeth? Pop can severely damage your kids’ oral health.

“In fact, one study reported that soda is ten times more erosive than fruit juice in the first few minutes after drinking it!”

Cut the Soda From Their Diet

So while your kids might want to choose soda over water, their teeth won’t be thanking them. Drinking pop on a regular basis shouldn’t be part of their health plan, especially when it comes to dental health. Along with teaching kids how to brush their teeth, floss, and use mouthwash, you should be teaching about proper foods and drinks for their teeth too.

To learn more about teaching your kids the damaging effects of soda to their teeth refer to Egg in Soda: A Dental Health Activity.