Waushara County Health News

National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Each February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Teaching your child proper oral health care at a young age is an important part in his or her health for the future.

Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions for children in the United States. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing and even learning. In the United States, it is estimated that about 51 million hours of school are lost each year to dental-related illness. Roughly 19 percent of children ages 2 to 19 have untreated cavities.

It is important that children have good oral hygiene habits and have a primary dental home. These are a few steps to help achieve that goal:

• Have your child brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Supervise your child when they brush. Brushing every angle of the tooth takes manual dexterity, which kids have as they get older, usually around age 7 to 9. Developing enough dexterity to tie their own shoes is a sign that they’re ready to do their own brushing too.

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