February: Children’s Dental Health Month

February 11, 2021

The month of February is National Children’s Dental Health month – a month to recognize the importance of oral health for children. Established by the American Dental Association (ADA), this is a great opportunity for parents, teachers and caregivers to promote healthy habits that can help make a difference in children’s lives.

For 2021, the campaign will focus on “Water, Nature’s Drink!”

Fluoride is one of the best ways to prevent cavities. Studies have indicated that fluoride is effective and the most efficient way to prevent tooth decay, one of the most common childhood diseases. Fluoride can be applied directly with toothpaste, mouth rinses or professionally administered with treatments by your dentist. It can even be found in (you guessed it) water!

Fluoride also protects our teeth, and makes them stronger from the bacteria that is in the food and beverages we consume. As fluoride is absorbed, it provides added protection as it improves and repairs tooth enamel. The minerals that are deposited into enamel will strengthen teeth, making them to resistant acid and bacteria.

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Childhood Tooth Decay

When it comes to young children, many parents unintentionally fall short with their oral hygiene simply because they aren’t aware of current recommendations. With tooth decay in youngsters on the rise, children’s dental habits are more important than ever. According to the CDC, 42% of children two to 11 have had dental cavities in their primary teeth. If tooth decay is left untreated, it can result in pain, infection or tooth loss.

 

Children’s Dental Visits

As a reminder, the Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months of their first tooth coming in. And unless instructed otherwise by your child’s dentist, a check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems.

 

Oral Hygiene for Children

Children should brush twice a day, and floss daily. Sometimes it can be a struggle to get young children to brush their teeth. Here are some tips that can help reach the recommended two-minute brushing time, twice a day:

– Let them pick out their toothbrush and rinse cup
– Set a timer and make it a game
– Make a tooth brushing chart and reward them with stickers
– Play their favorite song and brush until it’s time to stop

 

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