Children’s Dental Health Month
Did you know that an increasing number of preschool children are getting cavities?
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research shares that 42 percent of kids, ages 2 to 11, have cavities in their baby teeth and 21 percent of kids, ages 6 to 11, have them in their adult teeth. Dental decay, when left unchecked, could lead to more than just tooth loss. So you’ll want to address these concerns early on. And there’s no better time than Children’s Dental Health Month to make sure your kids are not at risk for dental problems.
The Earlier, The Better
You’re encouraged to bring your children to the dentist when they get their first tooth, within six months. The American Dental Association recommends that kids see dentists at an early age to detect cavities as soon as possible. The early visit also ensures that there are no early signs of damage.
And it allows your children to get comfortable in the dentist’s clinic and to feel safe around the health professional. You’ll have an easier time taking them to the dentist when they get a bit older. No more dragging your 10-year-old.
An early visit during the kids’ dental health month will also introduce your children to the merits of oral hygiene. They will know exactly how to brush and floss, and when to do it. Proper oral hygiene techniques secure good dental health for your children. As parents, you might even learn a thing or two about keeping your kids from bad habits, like thumb sucking.
From a one-day event on February 8, 1949 to a month-long celebration today, the national dental health month for kids offers a wide array of activities. There are health fairs and dental clinic tours. You could take this opportunity to find the right pediatric dentist for your children.
Some places may also offer free dental screenings.
During dental health month, you’ll also learn more about the “evils” of sugar and how to defeat its impact on your children’s dental health. There is more to good oral health than brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly. Your kids also need to have a balanced diet—one that strengthens and protects their teeth.
But just because the month-long celebration is geared toward informing kids, does not mean the adults in the family should not participate. Don’t limit the dental check up to just the kids—turn it into a family event. Make sure you, the spouse, and the grandparents also get dental checkups.