February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. During this month, Dr. Peter Merai, the staff at Comprehensive Dental Care of Oxon Hill and the American Dental Association want to remind parents that their children can avoid cavities! Following a balanced diet, limiting snacks, brushing and flossing twice each day- and regular dental check-ups are the keys to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
The American Dental Association created National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) to raise awareness about the importance of good dental health for all children, youth and teens. According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 18% of children ages two to four have experienced tooth decay. The CDC also states that nearly one out of six have untreated tooth decay. By age 17, more than 7% of children have lost at least one permanent tooth due to decay. In Maryland, 31% of kindergarten and third grade children have tooth decay that. If left untreated, tooth decay causes pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing and learning.
Here are a few ways to promote good oral health for your children:
- Encourage your children to brush and floss two times a day.
- Encourage your children to eat nutritious meals and to avoid frequent junk food snacking.
- Talk to your child’s dentist about dental sealants. They protect teeth from decay.
- Make learning about oral health fun! Print out someDental Fun and Games
Remember, good oral hygiene habits are not just for February, they are meant to be in place all year long. If you or your child is overdue for an exam and cleaning, please call our Oxon Hill dental office today at 301-567-9844. Easter break is right around the corner and is a great time to schedule your child’s appointment to avoid missed school. If you are a new patient to Comprehensive Dental Care of Oxon Hill, please check out our new patient specials before making your dentist appointment.