Something to Smile About: Celebrating National Children's Dental Health Month

Thursday, February 18 at 09:35 AM
Category: Personal Finance

It's the most common childhood health condition, outranking diabetes, asthma and obesity. It's tooth decay or the destruction of tooth enamel, and it can happen to children of all ages — from toddlers to teenagers. The impact of tooth decay can be painful and costly, resulting in students nationwide missing millions of hours of schooling. To create awareness of this important health issue and promote good oral hygiene, dental and medical providers, parents and educators across the nation come together each February to celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM).

The theme for this year's event is "Sugar Wars" to provide education on how to defeat the poor health effects of sugar. Here are some helpful tips and strategies:
  • Brush regularly. Children should brush their teeth at least twice a day for at least three minutes. It's especially important for them to brush after eating sugary or sticky snacks.
  • Floss daily. In addition to brushing daily, children should take the time to floss at least once a day to prevent decay from occurring between teeth and gums.
  • Drink water. Drinking water is not just good for overall health, but also for oral health, as water helps wash away particles that can get lodged in teeth.
  • Avoid sugary drinks. Sugary soft drinks and juices may taste good, but they can lead to tooth decay.
  • Visit the dentist. Be sure to take children for professional cleanings and regular oral examinations.
To learn more about how you can help promote National Children's Dental Health Month, visit the American Dental Association's website at*
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

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