February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!
Each February since 1949, the American Dental Association has sponsored National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.
At Weintraub & Eltink Orthodontics we take dental health very seriously, and we do our best to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and adults, caregivers, teachers and many others. A child’s dental health is influenced by a myriad of factors, including professional dental care, home care and nutrition. Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good oral health throughout life. By participating in this annual celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, we will help our patients and their parents gain an appreciation for how these factors impact not only dental health, but general health as well.
In past blogs, we’ve outlined the benefits of proper oral hygiene, orthodontic screenings and mouthguards. As always, if you have questions regarding any aspect of your child’s oral health we are here as a resource for you. Don’t be afraid to ask!
Dental Health Goals:
1. Schedule regular dental visits for the whole family. Preventive care is easier and less expensive than emergency care.
2. Spend extra time helping your children develop good brushing and flossing habits. If you need supplies or help with instructions, we are happy to be of assistance.
3. Sugary foods should be consumed with meals . Saliva production increases during meals and helps neutralize acid production and rinse food particles from the mouth.
4. Monitor beverage consumption – instead of soft drinks which are sugary and acidic, children should choose water, juice or low-fat milk.
5. Limit between-meal snacks. If kids crave a snack, offer them fruit or other nutritious foods.
6. If your kids chew gum ( hopefully not with braces!), make it sugarless. Chewing sugarless gum after eating can increase saliva flow and help wash out food and decay – producing acid.