February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!
And, this year marks the 79th year of celebrating the importance of a healthy smile. The campaign was designed to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, teachers, and more.
Here are some staggering facts: According to the Center for Disease Control, tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. They go on to report that 20% of children age 5-11 have at least one untreated decayed tooth. This is the one reason the American Dental Association focuses on children’s dental health each February.
Left untreated, tooth decay may lead to pain, low self-esteem, difficulty socializing and sleeping, impact speech and eating, as well as overall health.
And how about this shocking number? The US Surgeon General’s office reports that an estimated 51 million school hours were lost annually due to dental-related illness.
I know we can do better for our kids! Here are some things that parents and caregivers can do to ensure children’s dental health:
- Teach kids to brush at least two times each day to remove food from their teeth and prevent bacteria that can cause decay.
- Limit sugary drinks and snacks that can cause decay. Try water and fruit as substitutes.
- Most importantly, schedule your child’s first dental visit before the age of three and then regularly as recommended.
We’re committed to making sure that all kids have a healthy, happy SMILE. If you have questions about your child’s dental health, please contact our office.
Wishing you bright and beautiful SMILES…