Smiles! Love! February has both Valentines Day and National Children’s Dental Health Month. Love is at the root of both. (No pun intended.)
Dentistry for Children supports the American Dental Association who says, “Give kids a smile.”
Who is the American Dental Association and What Do They Accomplish?
The ADA supports many areas that involve the care of our children’s teeth. First, once a year, it is important to re-emphasize the importance of proper dental care and hygiene. And secondly, to remind parents that healthy teeth and healthy bodies go hand in hand.
The ADA Foundation also supports an “oral health care program for under-served children.” They sponsor “events taking place throughout the year. These events kick off annually on the first Friday in February, which is Give Kids A Smile Day.”
The ADA promotes the education of vital dental issues. They issued this statement concerning children’s dental diseases. “This issue is very important since the pediatric dental disease is the #1 chronic childhood disease in America. And it’s 100 percent avoidable.”
Healthcare Smiles for the Underprivileged
The Foundation is associated with approximately ten thousand dentists and 30,000 volunteers who freely give their time to provide health education and screenings. This means that underprivileged children, who cannot afford dental care receive treatment without charge. And this is reason enough for smiles.
This year, the foundation is responsible for hundreds of thousands of children receiving free oral health care. Starting Feb. 1, American children from “coast to coast” will be treated as a part of ADA’s annual celebration.
Give Kids A Smile is responsible for treating more than 5 and a half million children since 2003 when the program began.
Adding Your Support Will Brighten A Child’s Day and Night
If you would like to add your support in helping children, check out this special ADA Foundation site. Donation of your special time and dollars make care and treatment of underprivileged children possible.
Perfect Glowing Teeth and Healthy Smiles
This year’s NCDHM campaign slogan is “Brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile” Proper Cleaning and Brushing Cannot Be Over Stressed.
- The ADA states that “American students miss 51 million hours of school every year because of oral health problems… And students who are absent miss critical instruction time.”
- The ADA adds the fact that “students who have experienced recent oral health pain are four times more likely to have lower grade point averages than their counterparts who have not.”
Child’s Perfect Teeth and Delightful Glee
Delight and perfect teeth go hand in hand with celebrating National Children’s Health Month. That is what this month is all about. If you would like to review information on keeping teeth healthy, click here and view one of our previous blogs.
Perfect Teeth: Isn’t that just a daydream? No! It’s not a daydream. It’s a goal that takes conscientious daily care to achieve. And even with the best of care, we sometimes fail to reach our objective. And it isn’t always easy to properly show our children why this goal is important.
Ava Hates Cleaning Her Teeth
Ava is 6 years old with pretty dark curls and who often sports an impish expression. And she hates brushing her teeth. This discussion seems a nightly routine. Mom says, “Ava brush your teeth and get ready for bed.” Ava stamps her foot and replies, “Oh Mommy, I don’t want to. It’s so boring.”
What is Mom to do?
Well, Mom you already seem to be on the right track. You have set a regular time for brushing. And here are 3 more suggestions from The National Guide to Dentistry. They may make tooth brushing a little more fun.
- Try to modify your schedule so the whole family can have a tooth brushing party with Ava. It’s a lot more fun to do it together than separately. And at the same time, you can help them improve their bushing and flossing technique.
- Make a special occasion of buying a new toothbrush. There are lots of colorful fun brushes with fun characters.
Many of the brushes “include popular characters from kid-friendly movies. Let ADA pick her own favorite one. And let them pick out their flavor of toothpaste as well.
- Set up a reward system with stars for each completed brushing and flossing completed. And, at the end of the month, if they have earned an “A’, you can reward them with something special. It might be a special party or something they really want.
Adding to the Fun and Games
And, sometimes it takes an app with games, characters, music, and rewards to make it more fun for kids and parents alike.
So, here one that is just for Ava. We think this free app may make brushing teeth and flossing a little easier and more fun, especially if you play the game with her.
Toothsavers Brushing Game
It is called Toothsavers Brushing Game. It’s from Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives. And you can download it from this site.
This game proves that good brushing habits can be an adventure. In this app, an evil sorceress has cast a wicked spell, leaving everyone’s mouths to rot and be overrun by cavities. Kids have two minutes to brush and scrub away the spell for each of the kingdom’s quirky inhabitants.
For every few days your kid’s brush, they’ll unlock a new “Toothsaver” to brush with. Brush for 30 days and they’ll have the chance to defeat the evil sorceress herself!
Dentistry for Children would also like to remind you that it is important to make regular checkups for your child and to review brushing techniques in our previous blogs. In case you have forgotten some of the details, please check our previous blogs on this subject.
Thank you for Reading our blog and we hope you will return soon.
Give Your Child A Smile: A Special Riddle Just for You
Stacy’s Dentist, Dr. Troy King sees her twice a year.
He also sees her three sisters twice a year.
The first sister is named April.
The second sister is named May.
And the third sister is named June.
What is the 4th sister’s name?
We hope you like our little riddle. Thank you for reading our blog at Dentistry for Children-and remember this is National Children’s Dental Health Month. So keep brushing and keep smiling!