Smile! It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month 2017!

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Mastering good oral hygiene habits in children can be a chore! Did you know that tooth decay is the most common, preventable, chronic disease in children? No wonder it can be frustrating for parents! Fortunately, there are several resources to use that can guide parents through this process as well as plenty of fun activities for children to help them understand why tooth brushing and flossing is so important!

Promoting the benefits of good oral health is the goal of National Children’s Dental Health Month. Every February a campaign slogan is released to spread the message. This year’s slogan is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile” which promotes drinking tap water that contains fluoride rather than sugary drinks. The American Dental Association (ADA) provides printable activity and coloring pages at the following link:

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

The ADA also provides resources such as brushing charts at this website:

http://www.mouthhealthykids.org/en/activity-sheets/choose-tap-water-for-a-sparkling-smile?source=promospots&content=topstories&medium=best_drink_childs_teeth

Good oral health is so important in children and good habits should be started early. Use the countless resources available to help children learn and become excited about taking care of their teeth! There are informative tools to help parents go through this experience, too! Nobody misses out in the promotion of good oral hygiene. Mouth Healthy Kids (mouthhealthykids.org) by the American Dental Association is a wonderful source for both kids and parents. Check it out and start promoting good dental health today!

 

Sources:

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

mouthhealthykids.org

 

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