February 2023 is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and we are so excited to be a part of this amazing initiative. National Children’s Dental Health Month emphasizes the importance of early and effective dental care for children, as well as the role that parents and caregivers play in helping young children develop good oral health habits.
Dental health is important for children’s overall health and well-being, and dental care can help prevent serious problems from developing as they get older. Children’s teeth are more sensitive than adult teeth, so they need extra care when brushing. While this may seem like common sense, many parents don’t realize just how crucial regular dental visits are until they have an emergency.
Here are some important facts about a child’s oral health:
- Children are more likely to take care of their teeth if they learn how at a young age.
- While children’s teeth are not permanent, taking care of them sets up a lifetime of good oral health habits.
- The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child see a dentist for the first time no later than his or her first birthday—12 months old.
- From birth, you can start cleaning your baby’s mouth by wiping gums with a soft washcloth or infant toothbrush and water.
A child’s oral health is important and needs support from the family and community. That’s why we strive to get out into the schools all year round to ensure we are doing our part in educating our youth on the importance of their oral health. We hope to see some of our patients in some of these classes!