The month of February marks National Children’s Dental Health Month! Sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA), this celebration is the perfect time for children to learn about the importance of oral health as their teeth start to grow. Tooth decay is the #1 childhood disease around the world! Surprisingly, more than 51 million school hours are lost each year in the United States due to children missing school for dental-related problems. The good news is that it’s preventable with proper oral health habits!
The campaign slogan this year is, “Defeat Monster Mouth!” The ADA provides many free resources, including games, puzzles, cool coloring sheets and posters for a wide range of age groups that can help in promoting the advantages of practicing good oral health habits.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), childhood caries can lead to malnutrition and life-threatening infections. In addition, poor oral health habits not only affect children’s teeth and smile, but also their school performance, social development, and overall health. Dental health plays a major role in maintaining overall health, making it extremely important to take care of your children’s teeth and initiate healthy habits early.
Although primary teeth eventually are replaced by permanent teeth, maintaining them is particularly important to your child’s oral health and the health of the developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth can impact your child’s speech development and facial structure by ensuring permanent teeth develop in their normal positions. Although baby teeth are eventually replaced with permanent teeth, it is essential to keep them healthy.
Make oral health fun, and remember, children learn by example! As we celebrate this month and throughout the year, encourage children to drink water, brush at least twice a day, floss, rinse, and practice good oral health.
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 questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment and consultation.
Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van Orenstein. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.