February is National Children’s Dental Month | Shoreline Dental Care

February is National Children’s Dental Month

The American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors this movement to raise awareness about the importance of dental health for children.

What Is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM)?

NCDHM is a month-long national health observance that brings together thousands of dedicated educators, healthcare providers, and dental professionals (PERFECT TEETH included!) to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers, and many others.

This year, the campaign slogan is “Sealants Make Sense.”

The ADA supplies information on making better beverage choices in the form of posters, PDFs, press releases, and coloring pages on their website. We love this year’s theme because we couldn’t agree more. A sealed tooth is far less likely to develop a cavity, require more expensive dental treatment later on, or, most importantly, cause your child pain.

History of National Children’s Dental Health Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month began as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 3, 1941.

The ADA held the first national observance of Children’s Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949.

The single-day observance became a week-long event in 1955.

In 1981, the program was extended to a month-long observance known today as National Children’s Dental Health Month.

Since 1941, the observance has grown from a two-city event into a nationwide program. Today, NCDHM messages reach thousands of people in communities across the country and at numerous armed services bases.

At Shoreline Dental Care, we know good habits start early. Developing good habits at an early age helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Here are some of their dental tips for the young ones in your family.

Some Tips to Help Your Child Have a Healthy Smile

– Offer children water instead of soda or sweetened juice.

– Don’t put a baby to bed with a bottle.
As the first birthday approaches, encourage your child to drink from a cup. Many training cups are essentially baby bottles in disguise. The child gets liquid by sucking on the cup, much like a baby bottle. Also, toddlers are often unsteady on their feet. Falling while drinking from a cup has the potential to injure the mouth.

– If your kids chew gum, make it sugarless – chewing sugarless gum after eating can increase saliva flow and help wash out food and decay-producing acid.

– Floss daily (yes, even for kids).

– Help your kids develop good brushing techniques by brushing for the first, then allowing them to brush (or do their best to brush) after you.

– It should take about two minutes to brush your teeth. There are apps that help keep the time and make teeth brushing fun. You could also use an ordinary kitchen timer or have your child brush the length of a few songs that you sing or play.

– Make sure your child wears a mouthguard when playing sports.

– If kids crave a snack, offer them nutritious foods.

– And, of course, schedule regular dental visits.

– Is it time for your child to see a dentist? February is a great time to do it! Contact Shoreline Dental Care to schedule your appointment.

Here are some fun downloadable activities for children:

Keep Track of Your Brushing

Dental Word Search

Lost and Found

Tooth Tangle

What’s Missing

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