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National Children Dental Health month

National Children’s Dental Health Month

Oral health problems usually arise due to lack of personal care or trips to the dentist. It has been shown in reports that American students miss 51 million hours of school each year due to problems with oral health.[3] This can become a problem in a budding students education, as well as their physical condition because not only are they missing out in pivotal instruction at school, they are compromising their teeth and comfort. Fortunately, the American Dental Association is teaming up with a few others this year to raise awareness on the importance of maintaining good oral habits.

Why This Matters

It can be all too easy to brush your teeth once a day and move on in life thinking that is enough. Too many people forget the importance of brushing AND flossing multiple times a day as well as regular dental health check-ups. Teeth are vital in consuming food and beverage, and when you are going through dental problems, consuming any of these could begin to prove very painful0. This is especially true for children going through these issues.

Furthermore, neglect of dental health problems can eventually lead to cavities, swelling, and inflammation to say the least. These issues could then eventually lead to the removal of teeth, or part of a tooth, to be replaced with crowns or even a completely new, fake tooth. Worst part about all of this is that dental work in this capacity can begin to amount to a lot of cash being spent, on an issue that could have been avoided with regular trips to the dentist, and proper cleaning of teeth each day. Can’t afford a brand new fake tooth? You may just be walking around with a big gap in your mouth instead.

What Can I Do?

Good oral health habits are learned at a very young age and can be regulated by parents and guardians. It is pivotal that parents instill upon their children the right habits towards their teeth early, and to regularly take them to the dentist for cleanings and necessary up-keep. Some parents are aware of this, and some, sadly, are not. The American Dental Association (ADA) is taking strides to ensure that many parents are aware of how important it is to maintain healthy oral habits and teach them to their children.

February of 2018 has been designated National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the ADA is partnering up with Crest and Oral B to spread their reach to parents and children about dental health issues and how to maintain.[1] The ADA has made this year’s slogan: “Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile”. Another slogan for this campaign is “Defeat Monster Mouth.”[2]

The ADA is doing more than just coming up with slogans, they have made an entire campaign, stocked with creatives and resources that other interested advocates can share amongst their peers in order to help spread the word.[1] The ADA has come up with a pretty cool poster available [HERE], that people can buy and put up to be seen by all.[1] If you don’t want to buy a poster, you can just download the e-version [HERE] and print it out! The ADA even has a program planning guide available for download that provides tons of resources for interested parents, teachers, program coordinators, dental societies and anyone else interested in promoting the benefits of good oral health to children! Help the ADA by joining the “tooth team” and spreading the word about the importance of children’s dental health today!

References

1) American Dental Association. (2018). “February is National Children’s Dental Health Month”. Website article retrieved from: https://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month  .

2) Colgate. (2018). “National Children’s Dental Health Month”. Website article retrieved from: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/childrens-oral-care/ada-02-national-childrens-dental-health-month .

3) National Education Association. (2018). “National Children’s Dental Health Month”. Website article retrieved from: http://www.nea.org/grants/National-Childrens-Dental-Health-Month.htm .

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