National Children's Dental Health Month
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month which is meant to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.
Did you know?
- Tooth decay is the #1 chronic illness in children.
- Early childhood caries is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.
- If child’s tooth decay goes untreated, it can lead to tooth loss, speech problems and even loss of self-esteem.
- Children are recommended to have their first dental visit by age 1.
So you need to encourage your children to take care of their teeth and prevent cavities.
Teaching the child proper oral health at a young age is an investment in his/her health that will pay lifelong dividends.
- Set an example – take good care of your own teeth, this sends a message that oral health is something to be valued.
- Ask your child to brush twice a day – 2minutes in the morning and for 2 minutes before bed using an IDA/ADA approved fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss twice a week – floss in between the teeth and under the gumline.
- Eat a well-balanced diet – limit starchy or sugary foods, these foods produce acids that cause tooth decay.
- Go for a check-up – take your child to the dentist for regular checkups.
You should supervise your child until they get the hang of these simple steps:
- Use a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste and take care that your child doesn’t swallow it.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush inside surface of each tooth, where plaque accumulates the most. Brush gently back and forth.
- Clean the outer surface of each tooth and gently brush back and forth.
- Brush the chewing surface of each tooth gently brushing back and forth.
- Using the tip of the brush clean behind each front tooth as well as both top and bottom teeth.
- It is always fun to brush the tongue.
When it comes to oral health care for kids, it’s all about education and making oral care fun.
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