February is National Children’s Dental Health Month
February 1, 2019Since 1981, February has been recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) as National Children’s Dental Health Month. The goal is to emphasize to both parents and children the importance of being passionate about children’s dental health. Reports show that American students miss 51 million hours of school every year because of oral health problems. And students who are absent miss critical instruction time—especially in early grades where reading skills are an important focus and the building blocks of future learning. Children’s dental health issues are four times more likely to have lower grade point averages than their counterparts who have not.
Children's Dental Health: Parent Education Is Fundamental
What’s the most common reason for a trip to the emergency room? Your family dentist knows it’s not the flu, or a broken bone or tummy trouble. Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease—5 times more common than asthma, 4 times more common than early-childhood obesity, and 20 times more common than diabetes. (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry).
However, the news isn’t all bad—children’s dental health is on the rise! The ADA released data that suggested cavities in young patients are trending down. Great news!
When it comes to cavity prevention and spotless dental health in children, knowledge is power. With the rise in pediatric dental health awareness, you and your family dentist can hope to see even bigger changes in those statistics in the future.
Enlist in the Smile Builders Brigade
This year, the American Dental Association has adopted the slogan, “Brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile.” Healthy tips from pediatric dentists include:
• Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
• Clean between your teeth daily – AKA floss!
• Eat a healthy diet that limits sugary beverages and snacks
• See your dentist regularly for prevention and treatment of oral disease
The ADA has lots of fun downloads on their site, including, posters and activity sheets in both English and Spanish. Check out the website below for activity sheets and posters.
And since white is the color of a healthy smile, why not reward the kids with white stars, ribbon or small toys? They’ll be proud to show off their prize to their classmates and friends.
Dakota Family Dentistry encourages children and their families to use February as a kickoff month to focus on developing great oral health care habits. Developing good oral health habits as children will continue into adulthood. Be sure to set up a schedule with your family dentist for ongoing dental care. If you have any questions about pediatric or family dentistry, please call or visit the friendly professionals at Dakota Family Dentistry. Call us at 605-352-6999.
Last Modified: 02/01/2019 8:42:42 am MST