Taking The Time To Recognize Children’s Dental Health Month
What, When, and Why?
The American Dental Association (ADA) has officially chosen February to be the month for recognizing children’s dental health. The purpose of this month-long event is to spread awareness of oral health to today’s youth so that they may be orally healthy adults in the future.
How Can You Get Your Children Involved?
As the old saying goes, the best way to lead is by example. Most dentists recommend bringing your children in with you when you visit the dentist’s office for a routine exam or cleaning. For many children, the simple fact of not knowing what goes on in the dentist’s chair is a great form of anxiety; therefore, bringing your little ones in so they can see a dental appointment firsthand is the best way to ease their jitters. (Of course, it also helps for you to have an overall good attitude when it comes to putting your oral health in the hands of a dentist, so be sure to hide your own desire to squirm.)
Is It Ever Too Soon to Start?
You may wonder how you can involve your own children if they seem to you to be too young to appreciate the meaning of Children Dental Health Month. What you need to know is that it really is never too soon to start teaching your children good oral health habits. Even babies who are teething could benefit from a good gum rub-down, for reasons of both comfort and cleanliness. Studies show that by the time your little one turns a year old, it is advantageous to have already scheduled that first dental appointment. Statistically, one in four children has dental decay by the time they enter school, and children who have dental decay in their baby teeth are much more likely to be adults with dental decay.
As you well know, your children’s oral health is an integral part of their overall health and well being, and good (or bad) oral habits now will continue into adulthood. Do your part to ensure your children’s future dental health by observing Children’s Dental Health Month this February.
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