Celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Blogs | 2 comments

pediatric kid dentist february The start of February signals the beginning of the National Children’s Dental Health Month sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA).  All month long and across the country, the ADA is raising awareness about the importance of good oral health habits in children.  This year, the ADA is promoting a campaign trying to urge children and teens to “Join the Super Smile Team!” and brush their teeth for two minutes a day, twice a day.

Developing proper oral hygiene habits at a young age is imperative for a lifetime of good oral health.  The ADA recommends that parents bring their children to see a dentist even before their very first birthday.

In celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, here are some quick tips to keep your children’s teeth healthy and free of cavities:

  • Choose healthy snacks like fruits, vegetables, and cheese instead of sugary soft drinks or candy
  • Children should have regular dental checkups, once every 6 months
  • Remember to brush and floss right before bedtime
  • Limit the time a child spends with a sippy cup.  Always having milk or juice in contact with a child’s teeth can lead to tooth decay.
  • Make sure to teach your child to not swallow fluoride-containing toothpaste since it can lead to discoloration of teeth.

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

References:
http://www.ada.org/5578.aspx
http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140201/NEWS/140209898/2011/OPINION
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/babies-and-kids/healthy-habits
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-2/dental-health-for-kids?page=3
http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health-pictures/bad-habits-for-kids-teeth.aspx#/slide-13
http://ncpresby.pbworks.com/f/1359750945/dental%201.jpg

2 Comments

  1. Thank you, Rachel! It’s not easy to convince your children in eating fruit and vegetables. You have to make them fun! (http://goo.gl/CuwGzl) Baby carrots and some dip might be a good start.

  2. Informative post! My child always prefers candy, and sugary soft drinks over fruits and vegetables. That’s not good – I should have a control on this.

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