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Make Your Own Bamboo Flute & Recorder Sat 2/16
19th Annual Gem Show, Monterey Fair Grounds Sat 2/16
Life on the Ranch History Sat 2/16
Romance in the Redwoods Sat 2/16
Hansel & Gretl Opera Sat 2/16
Nature Detectives Sun 2/17
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Raising Children in the 21st Century  2/23
Supporting Children to Develop Healthy Sexuality
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Happy Valentine's Day!


 Here are fun Valentine traditions.


  • Try putting red food coloring, strawberry syrup or grenadine in their milk.  Cut their bread or any other food that is soft enough with a heart shaped cookie cutter.
  • Take a tradition form Easter and hide heart shaped candies around the house.
  • Have Fun with Conversation Hearts. Pull some out of the bag and make some fun sentences. See how creative you can be with them.
  • Have a Game Night. Instead of a big party with lots of friends, you might want instead to have a quieter night at home playing some board games together. Valentine's Day offers another opportunity to make memories and instill family traditions.
 Children's Dental Health Month

    February is National Children's Dental Health Month.  Healthy teeth and gums are essential for a healthy body. From their first baby teeth to their adult teeth, you can help your children enjoy a lifetime of good oral health with proper care at home, a balanced diet and regular dental visits.


Care for Your Infant

  • Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth. Wipe your baby’s gums with a clean gauze pad (BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) Dental_Tooth.jpgafter each feeding to remove plaque and residual food that can harm erupting teeth.
  • When your child’s teeth begin to erupt, brush them gently with a child’s size toothbrush and water (toothpaste is used for children two and older).
  • To prevent tooth decay, infants should finish their bedtime and naptime bottle before going to bed.
  • If you use a pacifier, use a clean one. Never give a baby a pacifier dipped in sugar or honey.
  • With your child’s first birthday, begin regular dental check-ups for “smile” insurance.
Prevent Tooth Decay
  • Maintain a balanced diet for your child by selecting foods from the five main food groups—fruits, vegetables, meat, grains and dairy.
  • Limit between-meal snacks. If your child needs a snack choose nutritious foods from the main food groups rather than cookies, candy and other sweets.
  • Ensure that school food services and vending services offer nutritious selections.
  • Encourage children and adolescents to drink water.

Encourage Brushing and Flossing

  • Brushing twice a day and flossing are necessary to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
  • A pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for children two and older is all that is needed.
  • Make sure your child spits out the toothpaste rather than swallowing it.
  • For young children, select a child-size toothbrush with soft bristles.
  • Children should be able to brush alone by age seven.
  • Replace toothbrushes every three to four months.
  • Use floss as soon as the child has two teeth that touch.
  • Ask your dentist or hygienist to demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques.
  • Supervise your child’s brushing and flossing until you are satisfied they are doing both properly.
Make Dental Visits Enjoyable for Your Child & You
  • Schedule the dental appointment for a time when your child feels rested and cooperative. Avoid nap and mealtimes if possible.
  • Don’t let anyone tell your child scary stories about dental visits.
  • Don’t let your child know if you feel any anxiety about going to the dentist.
  • Don’t bribe your child to go to the appointment.
  • Never use a dental visit as a punishment or threat.
  • Do try to make your child’s dental visit an enjoyable outing.
  • Set a good example by taking care of your oral hygiene and health.
Information is provided courtesy of the American Dental Association.

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