Children’s Dental Health is always our focus at dentistry for children.  But in the new month, we will be even more intense about it.  Did you know February will bring more than Valentines?  It brings 2018 National Children’s Dental Health Month.  Such sponsors as the American Dental Association, Crest + Oral B are endorsing this month-long campaign.  Our crusade will be to advocate the importance of good oral health habits.

Color Your Concern for Your Children’s Dental Health

Children's Dental Health is February's Focus and ours 12 months a yeaar.

Dental Health is our Family’s Goal.

Here at Dentistry for Children, we proudly celebrate the National Children’s Dental Health Month.

During this national health observance, we are joining thousands of “dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.”

This year’s NCDHM campaign slogan puts it simply, “Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile.”

As the second month of the New Year begins, we noticed that the 2018 fad for this year is coloring.  Suddenly, colored pencils, pens and markers are a hot item for kids and moms at every age.

How does this relate to our mission to focus on children’s oral health care?  We have a wonderful way for you to put those Christmas gift crayons and pencils to work in a mindful way.  Thus, we hope your child will enjoy coloring the month-by-month brushing calendar available at the ADA website named Mouth Healthy Kids.

Bonding over Crayons and Toothbrushes:  National Children’s Dental Health

When a caregiver participates, the activity stimulates a child’s memory and makes the lesson of oral health

Practicing Good Dental Health

Wow! Great Idea! I Love the Chart.

The page for each month features a very trendy and artistic design to color.  Plus, each of the twelve pages holds a chart of dates with two places for you or your child to mark off brushing activity twice a day.

So we hope parents will join our Children’s Dental Health mission.  Please assist us in passing a legacy of good oral hygiene to the next generation. Research and technology continue to prove the importance of good dental care.

Hey, caregivers, we understand how busy you are for your children’s sake.  However, we at Dentistry for Children take this special celebratory time to implore you.  Do not to let this vital children’s lesson slip by your kids.

Good oral hygiene can get lost in a blur of school, soccer, grocery store visits and other facets of family life.  Don’t let it slip away.

Children’s Dental Health Month Sharpens Your Awareness

Oh No! I Hate Cavities!

Oh No ! I Hate Cavities !

The ADA gives you support with activities and games.  Some of them are really quite fun.  Bond over your tooth-brushes as you listen to the brushing tunes at the Mouth Healthy website.

Right now we are particularly fond of the 1950’s Rock and Roll number.  It is a song by Chomper and the Bicuspids.  Likewise, the “ick” factor makes the Putrid Posse’s “Plants vs. Zombies” highly popular with the younger set.  Ironically, the ADA designed these songs to last exactly 2 minutes so that when the music’s over, so is the brushing.  Perfect timing.

If neither coloring nor singing is your thing, or your kid’s, then head over to the informative, kid style game, quizzes and stories from the ADA Mouth Healthy Kids website, written just for kids.    If your child likes to read, he or she is bound to enjoy these articles.  They include, “Test Your Dinosaur Teeth IQ.”  Caregivers who want to study the facts behind the care of your child’s teeth might prefer the reference pages.  They detail various dental procedures at the more adult version of the site.

Stories from the History of Children’s Dental Health Month

Children’s tooth decay continues to be a leading concern and an escalating problem in the US.  As Dear Doctor, a prestigious dentist professional magazine states, “Tooth decay in children is a fast-growing problem in the United States, posing serious health risks.  It is the most chronic disease affecting American children.”  And these experts add, “A child’s overall health is closely linked to his or her oral health.”

Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a jump start in maintaining a lifetime of good oral health.

The problem was less well known in 1941 when it was only a one-day event.  It wasn’t until 1949 that it became a national event.  In 1955 the event became a week long.  But National Children’s Dental Health Month did not gain the stature of a month-long celebration until 1981.

Children’s Teeth, Weight, BMI and Well-Being

No Cavities! That's Wonderful!

No Cavities! That’s Wonderful!

Beyond brushing and flossing, the value of communicating the importance of oral hygiene is our mission during National Children’s Dental Health Month.  Science has proven that a healthy mouth and a healthy body can be foundations of happiness in your child’s future.  The interconnection of oral health and general health was the topic of a Science Daily report last November.  “Talking about dental health with children and parents — about what is healthy and unhealthy for your teeth — can be one way to prevent children from developing overweight.”  The connection was made in a thesis from Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden, on children’s diet, BMI and well-being.

Louise Arvidson, registered dietitian and Ph.D. student at the Institute of Medicine, stated, “Weight can be a sensitive subject, but if you talk about eating behaviors alongside dental health, you’re looking at the issue from a different angle.”

In our next blog, we will tell you more about her research and discoveries.  Likewise, we’ll be bringing you more about the 2018 Children’s Dental Health Month.  More than ever, we wish you and your family, “Happy Brushing!”