Wichita Dentist – February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!
Help Wichita Family Dental Battle “Monster Mouth:” February 2018
In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, Wichita Family Dental would like to do our part by stressing the importance of promoting good oral health to the families and children within our community, and beyond.
Startling statistics from the Office of the Surgeon General (2018) have found that on average, American students miss approximately 51 million hours of school each year due to oral health problems. Yikes. This means that hundreds of thousands of school-aged children are missing out on valuable instruction time – especially in early grades where reading and math are the fundamental building blocks for future learning. What’s more alarming is the fact that a reported 17 million of those children go without dental care each year!
For the past 77 years, The American Dental Association (ADA) has been raising awareness for National Children’s Dental Month and the importance of children and adolescents developing and maintaining proper oral care from an early age. Not only has the program increased awareness in oral health care, but it has been successfully promoting healthy smiles for kids since 1941.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), it is recommended that children have their first dental exam no later than 1-year of age. During these early visits, it’s crucial for parents and caregivers to address and review any oral health concerns or habits ranging from tooth decay, sealants, thumb sucking, and easing a child’s anxiety before and during dental visits.
Below are some healthy oral hygiene tips:
Pediatric Dental Visits Are Important.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has found that more than 50% of children will be affected by tooth decay before 5-years of age.
Teach Your Kids the 2-2-2 Rule.
A simple way to keep your child’s teeth healthy: visit your dentist TWO times a year; brush and floss TWO times a day for TWO whole minutes.
Fun Ways to Introduce the Dentist.
Add a couple books about the dentist to your bedtime reading. Here are some of our favorites:
Tricks to Get Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth:
Our dentists at Wichita Family Dental recommend the “tell, show, do” model:
- Tell: Explain in age-appropriate terminology, how to brush and floss and how these actions keep teeth clean and healthy.
- Show: Let your children watch you brush and floss your own teeth.
- Do: Maintain a regular routine and help children brush and floss their teeth in the morning and before bed. Continue helping to brush their teeth until ages 4 or 5. After that, let them do it themselves, but supervise them until around 9 years of age.
Note: Both adults and children should follow these habits.
The Doctors at Wichita Family Dental agree that a child’s teeth should last a lifetime and that a healthy smile is essential to a child’s self-esteem. With a proper oral healthcare routine and a balanced diet, a child’s teeth can remain healthy and strong. If it’s time to plan a first visit to the dentist or return for a routine checkup and cleaning, our dentists are ready to get your child on the path towards a lifetime of excellent oral health. Request an appointment today and get your child off to a great start!
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