Friday, September 28, 2018

Keep Your Kids on a Healthy Track This Halloween

October is bookend with some pretty important dates for kids. The first Monday in October is National Child Health Day and the last day is, of course, Halloween. Two important dates for two very different reasons.

It’s important for kids to be aware of their health at a young age, but when an occasion like Halloween comes around, few kids are worried about their health! They’re thinking more about which costume they want to wear and how much candy they can collect in one night.

While National Child Health Day and Halloween might only occur once a year, teaching your kids to stay healthy year-round in an important lesson to adopt. Sadly, many kids are plagued with plaque and can even develop gum disease before they lose all their baby teeth!

So what is a parent to do? You certainly don’t want to completely skip out on the festivities with your kids! There is a simple solution that benefits more than just your child’s health: Gilchrist Dental Care's Candy buyback program!

Each year, Gilchrist Dental Care provides a drop-off point for kids to return their extra candy after halloween. In exchange, they will receive $1 per pound of candy (limit 5 pounds), a new toothbrush, and will be entered to win great prizes. Kids can still enjoy trick or treating and get some candy, then enjoy a some spending money!

What do we do with all that candy? The candy we buy back is shipped to Operation Gratitude and donated to soldiers serving in active duty.

To participate in our annual Candy Buy Back, bring your unopened, uneaten candy to Gilchrist Dental Care in Stevens Point on November 1st between 4–6 pm.

Keep your kids on a healthy track, give back to our active military members, and most importantly, have a very happy halloween with Gilchrist Dental Care!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

5 Tips to Educate Your Children During Dental Health Month

February is here again and, although it’s one of the coldest months of the year, it’s our favorite! Why, you ask? Well, February is Dental Health Month and, with the Holidays having just passed, all the sweets and treats that we enjoy take a toll on our teeth, so it’s a good time for a little review of healthy dental habits.

Educating our friends and families about healthy dental habits is very important to us – especially this month. Teaching healthy habits to youth is hugely beneficial; tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic disease among children and teens age 6-19. In fact, Dental Health Month began 77 years ago as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio with the aim to educate parents about their children’s dental health.

To help you out, Gilchrist Dental Care is celebrating Dental Health Month by offering free exams and x-rays all month long! Call us at 715-344-5280 to schedule your appointment.

So, how do you begin to teach healthy habits to your children? We’ve put together a list of 5 tips to get you started:

5 Tips to Educate Your Children During Dental Health Month

1. Make Brushing Fun!

Let’s face it: Brushing your teeth isn’t very fun. However, singing songs never fails to make tasks more fun for kids! Here are 7 great songs to make brushing more fun!

2. Don’t Underestimate Baby Teeth

A common mistake is thinking that baby teeth and how you take care of them doesn’t matter. Baby teeth help develop normal speech and chewing abilities. They also control the growth pattern of the face and make room for adult teeth. If baby teeth are not taken care of, all of these things can be thrown out of whack, causing lifelong dental issues.

3. Teach the Right Techniques

Teaching proper brushing and flossing techniques is critical! If you do a poor job of brushing and/or flossing your teeth (even if you brush every day) you’re sure to experience dental issues. Educate children early on about the importance of good dental hygiene. For proper brushing and flossing techniques, click here.

4. Teach Good Nutrition

We often forget that what we eat not only affects our overall health, but it also directly affects our teeth. It’s very important to talk to your kids about good nutrition, the damage sugary treats can do, and that when they do indulge, brushing teeth afterward will help keep cavities away.

5. Set a Good Example

Perhaps the most important thing to remember as you teach your children about dental health is that you need to be a good role model. Children take in what is around them and learn from example, so if your kids see you brushing and flossing your teeth, they’re more likely to do the same.

The last thing to remember is to take things slow and easy. Like all good habits, brushing and flossing properly won’t happen overnight, it can take some time to solidify good habits, so be patient!