dental-monthWe know that teeth are necessary for eating, but did you know they are vital for speech as well? Teeth help us form sounds. That’s just one reason to take proper care of your teeth. Caring for your teeth should start at a young age. That’s why for the last 75 years, there have been awareness events children’s dental health. In fact, National Children’s Dental Health day turned into a week, and then in 1981, it was extended to be a whole month. The month of February is known as National Children’s Health Month, sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA).

If children form healthy habits from a young age, they have  more chance of keeping their teeth healthy as adults. According to the ADA, children should visit the dentist by the age of one. The dentist will review proper brushing and flossing with the parents. And while the child is so young, proper brushing and flossing is the parent’s responsibility. Once the child can hold their own toothbrush and reach all his/her teeth completely, the parents should be sure to help them get rid of all the bacteria and food. Everyone should be brushing and flossing at least two times per day. Doing it together with a child, parents can help reinforce the importance of good dental health. Avoiding sugary foods also is a good way to keep cavities from forming.

Visiting the dentist every six months for a cleaning and exam, can also help you keep your teeth healthy. The dentist will check out your teeth to see if any cavities are developing and make sure to treat them properly. Here at Community Health Net we have four locations for dental services. You can schedule appointments 7-days-week. Remember, the ADA suggests, “Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.”

Visit www.ada.org for more information.

National Children’s Dental Health Month flyer (English)

National Children’s Dental Health Month flyer (Spanish)

 

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