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Children’s National Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the American Dental Association is using this month to teach kids about the importance of oral health. This month’s slogan “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile” puts a creative spin on teaching children effective ways to prevent oral “monsters” such as plaque and cavities. One month doesn’t appear to be enough to stress the importance of kid’s oral health. The reason being that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that tooth decay is “one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States” (CDC, 2014). Tooth decay is an entirely preventable condition, which is why it is so important for parents to promote proper oral health habits at an early age. Start with teaching them brushing techniques. If they’re old enough, watch your kids brush their teeth at night before bed to make sure that they are reaching all the important spots in their mouth and brushing the recommended amount of time (two minutes). It is also recommended, by the American Dental Association, that you begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as they have two teeth that touch. By about the age of 10, your child may be able to floss on their own. Last but not least, visiting your pediatric dentist regularly will not only prevent tooth decay, but it will aid in stressing the importance of oral health to your young ones. Start by making an appointment with us today!