We’ve been hearing it since we were little…taking care of your teeth can help to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other problems. Also, in adopting proper oral hygiene practices, we can lead the fight against these issues. It’s true that starting to emphasize the importance of oral care in kids early on can help to prevent issues with the teeth and gums later, which is why every February, we celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month. It’s a time when we focus on the need to develop proper oral hygiene habits and have some fun learning in the process. So kids, show your teeth some love in February!
What Is National Children’s Dental Health Month?
This month-long observance, led by the American Dental Association, focuses on the importance of dental health in kids. After all, good practices start young, so being able to teach proper care in youngsters is key, as this will help kids carry these good habits into adulthood with ease. Thousands of dental professionals come together to promote the benefits of proper oral hygiene and help to bring awareness through a variety of programs offered in schools and dental and orthodontic offices across the country.
How It Began
It seems as though we’ve been hearing about the importance of oral care forever…and it’s practically true! The observance began as a one-day event in Ohio in 1941. The ADA started its own national observance a few years later in 1949, and in 1981 it turned into what it is today, a month-long tribute to kids’ teeth. The goal has remained the same throughout the years – to promote proper oral hygiene among kids.
The Importance of Proper Oral Care
In developing good habits with oral care as a child, we’re more likely to carry these over to our adult years, avoiding problems with tooth decay and gum disease. Lessons in oral health should start young, and parents can help their children stay ahead of the game by promoting the following best practices:
- Brushing and flossing regularly
- Proper brushing and flossing techniques
- Avoiding too much soda and sugary foods
- Eating nutritious foods
- Seeing your dentist for regular check-ups
- Visiting an orthodontist at age seven to see if early treatment is needed
In adopting these best practices as early as possible, your children can avoid serious problems later. We often don’t realize the effect oral hygiene has on our overall health, but poor habits can lead to serious problems such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, kidney disease and more. Sounds scary, right? It could be, but by taking preventative measures with proper oral hygiene, we put ourselves in a position to avoid these serious issues, and it all starts as a child. That’s why National Children’s Dental Health Month is such an important factor in the lives of our young ones.
So, go on, show your teeth some love in February! Your teeth and your overall health deserve it!
At Charleston Orthodontic Specialists, we’re excited to get started on your journey to a spectacular smile! Call (843) 4-BRACES to speak with one of our friendly professionals today!