The American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) each February to raise awareness about oral health. By encouraging children to develop good oral hygiene habits when young, the goal is to instill positive dental practices for a lifetime.
As a parent, teacher, or dental practitioner, it is critical to impart to children the importance of healthy dental habits. The ADA offers several free online resources on their website (www.ada.org) that are great sources of information and even materials for presentations, classroom activities, etc.
This year, the month-long national health observance campaign slogan is “Defeat Monster Mouth.” In an effort to promote good oral health through brushing, flossing, rinsing, and eating healthy snacks, the NCDHM program hopes to better showcase the benefits of good oral health to children.
Tips from Dr. Lewis
To better help your children, students, or dental patients get geared up about better dental hygiene practices, here is a list of a few ideas that Dr. Lewis recommends you incorporate into their dental routine:
- Children should brush their teeth at least twice a day for at least two full minutes
- Parents should watch their children brush and provide assistance until they have mastered proper technique on their own
- Cleanings and exams are especially important for children and teens; make sure they are seen by their dentist regularly (every 6 months)
- Don’t forget to have your children floss
For more ideas about things you can do to encourage better dental practices in your children or students, or to schedule an appointment to have a dental health screening, contact your dentist today.
As a special offer during the month of February, Dr. Lewis is offering FREE sealants on permanent molars for children 13 and under. Call 801.572.3211 to schedule an appointment today!