Children’s Dental Health month has come (February) and gone. Yet, it’s important to be concerned about your child’s oral health year around. Did you know that childhood cavities are #1 chronic disease in the United States. Poor oral health leads to tooth pain, cavities, and gum disease. That results in illness and missed days from school.
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Tooth decay may be the #1 chronic disease, but there is good news. It is completely preventable. With regular brushing, proper dental hygiene, and education at home, your children can have a healthy smile.
Smiles Across America, an outreach program helps underserved children receive needed dental care. Each year, they help over 400,000 children in school based or school linked programs. They work with the community and the media to get the message out that good oral health is important to overall health.
The most important thing, we as parents can do, is teach our children to brush and floss twice a day for 2 minutes each time. When our children develop good brushing habits early, they’ll have the skills needed for good oral health throughout their lives.
4 minutes a day is the least we can do to ensure good dental health for ourselves and our children. For tips on how to help kids keep their mouths healthy, download Oral Health America’s tip sheet.