A lot has changed in our world over the last few weeks. Where previously we wrote about how to safely visit the Dentist during this time, we now know that everything is closed, including our offices, for the safety of us all. Sadly, CoVid 19 is wreaking havoc all around us but on a more positive note – WE collectively have the power to stop it in its tracks. We don’t even have to “do” much to make that happen. All we have to do is stay home! So, rather than dwell on the negative, today we will simply take this opportunity to remind you of good hygiene practices and we’ve provided some tips and tools to help keep your kids occupied while this situation continues to evolve.
- First – should you be experiencing a dental emergency, you are still able to get some help. Here is a list updated frequently, from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons: https://www.rcdso.org/en-ca/rcdso-members/2019-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-dental-clinics-offices-offering-emergency-services
- Next – click on the Health Canada link for all the latest information on how to stay safe at home and how to practice good hygiene: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
Looking for some tips and tools to help keep the kids occupied? Well, by the time you read this, your little ones (and teens too) should be “back at school” in some form or another. That said, maybe now both you and your kids are looking for something a little more entertaining. Here are a few tried and true sources for activities for kids:
- TVO for Kids and TVO’s YouTube channel
- Treehouse TV at: https://www.treehousetv.com/
- Crayola is offering free colouring pages for kids at http://www.crayola.ca/free-coloring-pages/
Don’t forget to check out your favourite sources for new and simple recipes you can try with the kids at home. As well, with “school” starting up again, consider establishing a daily routine and even have the kids “pack a lunch” so they have something to look forward to as a break in their day. Many families we know are also designating “snack baskets” for each child in the home; stocking them in the morning with nutritious snacks and treats that are parent approved and from which the child can grab a snack at any time in the day without having to ask for permission. Remember to make sure there is a balance of both healthy (and dental friendly!) foods and a couple of treats too – just to keep the kids happy during these challenging times. It’s hard on all of us and if parents are occasionally indulging in a glass of wine or similar – let the kids occasionally indulge too!
We will leave you with our usual thoughts, along with something a little extra. First, ”don’t forget to be a BFF with your mouth and Brush that SMILE!” Secondly, remember, you are not “stuck” at home, you are SAFE at home!