19 Feb

Children's Dental Health

Children's Dental Health

The American Dental Association has designated February as National Children’s Dental Health Month. This February, the goal is to bring together thousands of dental professionals and health care providers to help promote good oral health habits and deliver these positive messages to parents, children, caregivers and teachers across the country. 

 

What You Should Know:

Establishing healthy dental habits at an early age is critical in maintaining good oral health all throughout life. 

 

Wiggly Teeth

  • Children's teeth will begin to come loose around age 6
  • Allow your children to wiggle these teeth as they want until they fall out on their own, this will help minimize the pain and bleeding associated with losing a tooth

 

Cavities

  • These occur when children allow sugar-containing foods to remain in the mouth for too long
  • Limit the amount of sugar they eat

 

Brushing

  • It is suggested to begin brushing your child's teeth with toothpaste around the age of 2
  • Once your child is old enough to know not to swallow the toothpaste, it is safe to start using those that contain fluoride

 

Flossing

  • It is safe to begin flossing your child's teeth as soon as two of them begin to touch
  • Do this once daily

 

Activities for Children:

  • Visit ADA.org/ncdhm to receive and print out a number of different free posters, materials, and activities
  • Crossword activity to help the children learn the important dental related vocabulary 
  • Calendar activity to help everyone stay on track with their dental goals
  • "Connect the dots" activity just for the kids to have a good time and use their brain
  • Join the "Tooth Team" to help promote and pass out this years official poster
  • They even have a coloring activity which allows the kids to color their own official poster

 

Resources:

http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Public%20Programs/Files/NCDHM/NCDHM_2018_Program_Planning_Guide.pdf?la=en

https://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/childrens-oral-care/ada-02-national-childrens-dental-health-month