Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? The American Dental Association recognizes and honors dental professionals and everyone passionate about kids’ healthcare during the entire month.
As such, you should take this time to increase awareness about dental hygiene for children. Also, it is a good time to learn how to support your little one’s dental care.
First celebrated on February 8, 1949, the Children’s Dental Health Day became a month-long commemoration back in 1981. Decades later, the ADA continues to promote it throughout February.
It is important to celebrate children’s oral health awareness. Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions in children. Educating both children and adults about oral health can help to motivate and recognize the importance of children’s oral health.
The Children’s Dental Health Month aims to raise awareness and describe the importance of teaching kids about good dental health habits as early as possible. This will help ensure children’s mouths are kept healthy.
Parents and other caregivers play an important role in promoting healthy smiles this month and throughout the year. You can support kids’ dental health by working with your child’s dentist on topics such as:
Healthy gums as your children grow up
Preventing crowded teeth
Familiarizing your children with their dentist’s office
Daily Oral Care and Routine Dental Exams
The first step you need to take towards a healthier and more attractive mouth is following proper daily oral hygiene habits. You also need to take your child to a dentist at least twice a year for an oral exam. Doing so will set a good foundation for your little one earlier in life, which is essential for success in the future.
Schedule a Dental Exam This Month
One of the best ways to commemorate the NCDHM is scheduling a dental exam for your child. The more time kids spend with their dentist, the more comfortable they will be when they visit.
Dental professionals recommend regular dental cleanings for kids every six months or so. If you schedule a dental appointment this month, your little one’s second appointment should fall just before they go back to school in August.
Check Your Child’s Brushing Technique
Do your children brush their teeth unattended? If they do, you should take time this month to assess their brushing habits. You should also offer helpful tips to keep their teeth looking healthy and beautiful.
Purchase New Toothbrushes for Your Whole Family
You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Unfortunately, many people are not aware that frayed toothbrush bristles can decrease their effectiveness. This month, take your kids shopping and let them choose new toothbrushes with their favorite colors and characters and toss out their old toothbrushes.
The NCDHM is a great time to learn more about good oral hygiene habits, in addition to promoting dental health. This will have a positive effect on your whole family’s overall health.
For more on Children's Dental Health Month, call Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry at 817-497-8659 and schedule an appointment.