National Children's Dental Health Month
February is National Children's Dental Health Month, so our team at Springs Family Dental spent an afternoon with the kids at Audubon Elementary School discussing healthy habits regarding their oral health.
Sadly, dental decay rates are on the rise in young children, and around 60% of children in the U.S. will get a cavity at some point. Studies have shown that untreated childhood decay can result in a myriad of problems: life-threatening infection, significant pain, chewing difficulty leading to malnutrition and gastrointestinal disorders, poor speech articulation, poor sleep habits, low self-esteem, social ostracism, and poor school performance that leads to a diminished overall quality of life.
Fortunately, decay is preventable, and there aren't any big surprises here.
1) Children should visit a dentist by their first birthday or when they get their first tooth.
2) Eat healthy, avoid sugary foods and beverages, and limit snacking between meals.
3) Brush twice a day for 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste.