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Updated: 3/18/2009 4:12:55 PM

As a parent, you do all you can to keep your kids healthy and smiling.
But, if your efforts do not include regular dental checkups and cleanings, you may be putting your children at risk for dental health problems that can affect them for the rest of their lives.
Many parents postpone dentist visits because of the costs involved. The discount dental plans featured on are a hassle-free way to save money at the dentist while protecting your children’s dental health.
Dental disease is the most common childhood illness, and contrary to what many parents think, problems with baby teeth can transfer to adult teeth. Children currently miss 51 million hours of school per year due to dental disease and additionally, it can hinder eating habits, growth and development.
Whether your children just need to catch up on checkups and cleanings, or they need more serious dental work done, discount dental plans can help reduce the bill. In addition to catching dental health issues early, dental checkups are a great way to reinforce the importance of at-home dental care.
3 Easy Ways to Promote Good Dental Hygiene in Your Home
By keeping your children current with their dental visits, you’ll reinforce the importance of good dental hygiene – making it easier to promote preventive home dental care such as brushing and flossing.
Here are a few ways to promote good dental hygiene in your home:
1. Make it a game
Do your kids have a favorite song? Let them listen to it while they brush their teeth. Some new toothbrushes for kids even have songs by popular artists built into them. This can help make brushing an activity that your kids look forward to.
2. Reward healthy dentist checkups
Give your kids a reward for a healthy dental checkup. It’s hard to tell on a daily basis if your children are brushing and flossing correctly, but a dentist checkup is an easy way to see who is brushing extra carefully and who is skipping out. Why not allow an extra piece of candy or an afternoon ice cream trip as a reward for good dental checkups?
3. Remind, remind, remind
Let’s face it. There are many things that are more fun to think about than dental hygiene – especially when you’re five! A reminder during breakfast or dinner, or when you are brushing your own teeth can go a long way. 
Make sure your children are putting their healthiest smile forward. If you’ve been postponing dental checkups due to rising costs, sign up for a discount dental plan and start saving 10% to 60% on most dental procedures.
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