February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!
What is National Children’s Dental Health Month?
The ADA’s Children’s Dental Health Day was first celebrated on February 8, 1949. It became a month-long commemoration in 1981. 40 years later, children’s dental health continues to be promoted throughout February for National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). Celebrating children’s oral health awareness is incredibly important for the community. Tooth decay remains the most common chronic childhood disease. Continuing educational programs and prevention awareness will help motivate more parents and other adults to recognize the seriousness of children’s dental disease.
Why is Children’s Dental Health Month Important?
It is so important to teach children good oral habits early to ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles. Parents or caregivers are essential and can promote children’s dental health this month and throughout the year.
Support children’s dental health by:
- Reducing tooth decay
- Getting your child familiar with going to the dentist
- Getting assessed for orthodontics at the correct age
- Healthy gums in later years through good habits
Keeping up with daily oral care and visiting the dentist at least twice a year for an oral examination and professional cleanings are steps you can take towards a happier and healthier mouth! Setting the foundation for your child earlier in life will set your child up for success in the future.
Somethings to do this month:
- book your child an examination if they are overdue
- buy new toothbrushes/ electric toothbrush heads
- check their brushing technique
- make a diet history to check they are eating/drinking the right things
Contact us to make an appointment.