February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). It was first observed on February 8, 1949, and was later expanded to a month-long observance in 1981. It is dedicated to sharing messages and resources regarding the importance of children’s oral health. It is also designed to bring healthcare providers, educators, caregivers, community members and many others together to promote the benefits of oral health in children.
American Indian and Alaska Native children specifically, ages 1 to 5, have the highest rate of tooth decay in the United States. Children with tooth decay may experience pain and infection that could potentially result in life-long health issues and possibly oral surgeries. However, steps can be taken to prevent this. Poor oral health can be changed!
Read on as we offer tips and tricks to prevent tooth decay. We also list ways to bring awareness to dental health for children in your community.
Milestones, or “smilestones,” in checking your child’s teeth are as follows:
Ways to share information with children in your community include:
Be proactive with your child’s dental health and help create habits that will last through adulthood! Be sure to also prioritize your own oral hygiene, too. Little eyes are taking notes on all that you do.