This February, WhiteWing Dental is joining healthcare workers across the country by putting a spotlight on the importance of children’s dental health. While dental hygiene is essential all year round, we hope you’ll celebrate this month by reminding your kids about the importance of oral health — not just for their bright smiles, but also for their bright futures!
Today, our team will shed light on this special month and provide tips on how you can celebrate it with the whole family!
What Is National Children’s Dental Health Month?
National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) is a special celebration brought to schools and communities annually by the American Dental Association (ADA). This means bringing together dental professionals, educators, and healthcare providers with parents and their children in order to promote good oral hygiene and health.
The ADA also creates special activities and materials to help parents and educators. This year, the ADA is putting a special focus on the importance of staying hydrated with the theme: “Water, Nature’s Drink!”
4 Ways to Celebrate Your Children’s Dental Health This Month
While dental professionals and healthcare providers tend to be those most aware of NCDHM, the truth is that this special month is meant to be celebrated by kids themselves. Dental health plays a key role in our overall health, from childhood through old age. It’s essential that kids learn from a young age to take care of their teeth and to value their dental health.
One way to help instill in your children the importance of their dental health is to spend this month teaching them about how their oral hygiene can impact their life. While we as adults know we’ll be facing potentially costly dental work if we fail to keep up good oral hygiene, kids usually need fun, interesting ways to learn good dental health habits.
Here are a few fun ways to remind and teach your kids about the importance of oral health throughout February (and the rest of the year):
- Practice Good Oral Hygiene!
- Drink Plenty of Water
- Make It Fun!
- Celebrate with WhiteWing Dental
The most important way you can celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month is by continuing to do something you’re already doing: brushing and flossing regularly! Dental hygiene is crucial to keep up with all year, and not just for your teeth!
This February, pay extra attention to your dental health, and make sure that your kids are brushing twice per day for roughly two minutes and flossing at least once per day.
One key part of good oral health that is often overlooked is hydration. Water is beneficial for your teeth for all kinds of reasons. First of all, it helps clear debris out of your teeth after you’re done eating. This includes leftover sugars from soft drinks and juice.
Second, drinking water with fluoride can help strengthen teeth. Fluoride helps prevent cavities and has been shown to reduce tooth decay in children, specifically. Water itself also helps to prevent decay by cutting the risks associated with dry mouth.
Make sure your kids are drinking enough water to keep their teeth and their tummies healthy.
Believe it or not, learning about dental health can actually be loads of fun for your kids! With online resources growing every day, there are countless activities and craft ideas that you can do with your kids to make dental care less of a drag and more fun.
To help parents and caregivers, the ADA has created special activity sheets to help kids celebrate NCDHM and learn about their oral health. On the ADA website, you can also find posters and flyers about the importance of drinking water, coloring sheets, and even public resources for those hoping to spread awareness on oral health.
Finally, one wonderful way to celebrate your children’s dental health this month is to bring them in to visit us at WhiteWing Dental for their regular oral health care visit.
Depending on your child’s specific needs, they may need to see a dentist every six months or more frequently. Regularly seeing a dentist helps ensure your children’s dental health and prevents problems from arising or getting worse.
Stay Healthy During National Children’s Dental Month With a Visit to WhiteWing Dental!
While you might think that baby teeth aren’t as important to lifelong health as permanent teeth, the reality is that childhood dental issues have the potential to become lifelong conditions if left untreated. The same case applies to bad dental hygiene habits.
This February, make good dental hygiene a priority for your kids, and visit us at WhiteWing dental to support the oral health of the whole family!