Posted February 14, 2017
Recognizing National Children’s Dental Health Month
Tooth decay has become one of the most common chronic health issues that kids face today. Nearly 6 out of 10 kids in the United States have cavities.
Not surprisingly, untreated tooth decay in childhood can lead to lifelong tooth and gum problems, including hospitalizations, emergency room visits and delayed physical development.
Oral health issues affect kids in other ways, too. Many experience pain, discomfort and sleeplessness due to aching teeth or gums, making it difficult to listen and learn at school. In fact, kids lose more than 51 million schools hours each year because of dental-related illnesses. And many are reluctant to smile or laugh because of tooth pain or misalignment.
Three tips for good oral health
It doesn’t take a lot of time to help kids take care of their oral health. Follow these steps:
- Practice good oral health habits by brushing teeth after breakfast and before bedtime, and flossing once daily
- Schedule regular preventive dental checkups, as directed by the dentist
- Follow a healthy diet; limit intake of foods with sugar and starch and avoid consumption of sweets before bedtime
Try this fun activity with your kids:
Keep your children’s teeth healthy by teaching them that brushing twice a day is important. Here is a chart to keep track of brushing habits, and a certificate to reward them once they’ve completed a full month of brushing their teeth twice a day.
How do you get your kids to practice good oral health? Let us know in the comments.