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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

 

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. The American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors this movement to raise awareness about the importance of dental health for children. Did you know that cavities or tooth decay is one the most common health issues affecting children in the U.S. In some places, there is even a greater impact on children. Talk to your children about dental health it is important to establish good oral hygiene habits at an early age.

History of National Childrens Dental Health Month:

  • The American Dental Association observed Children's Dental Health Day for the first time on February 8, 1949.
  • In 1955, this one-day event was extended to a week, and in 1981 to a month.
  • Today, National Children's Dental Health Month is observed every February. NCDH messages reach thousands of people in communities across the country.

Here at our office Dr. Ana works with children and their parents to help create and build healthy lifelong habits. As your children grow into teens, Dr. Ana goes over the importance of creating healthy eating habits, sealants, tobacco/vaping use and much more.

We have listed below tips to help your child have a happy healthy smile for life.

  • Be a good role model. Kids often imitate those around them; demonstrate good oral health habits for them. Brush and floss with your kids, make it fun!
  • Brush at least two times per day and floss is a must even for kids.
  • Schedule your children’s routine dental hygiene visits and checkups.
  • Create healthy eating habits- offer your children water instead of soda or sweetened juices.
  • Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle.
  • Make sure your child wears a mouth guard when playing sports.

Practicing great oral hygiene habits from the start is key to healthy smile! To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ana please call our office 781-235-1900 or email us at info@mariacardenasdmd.com.

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