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February is National Children's Dental Health Month

Posted on 8/13/2018 by Lindsey A. Robinson DDS Office
February is National Children's Dental Health MonthEach February, the American Dental Association kicks off Children's Dental Health Month. While every day should make children's dental health a priority, this campaign works to bring awareness to the importance of good oral health in children.

Children's Dental Health Statistics

With Children's Dental Health Month quickly approaching, it is a good time to review some important statistics about oral and dental health of American children:

•  According to the CDC, 20% of American children are living with untreated tooth decay. About 19.5% of children ages 2-5 have untreated cavities, while nearly 23% of kids ages 6-19 have untreated cavities.
•  Dental problems result in about 51 million lost school hours each year.
•  One out of every four kindergarteners has never been to the dentist.
•  Tooth decay is the most chronic childhood disease. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric

Dentistry even says that decay is five times more likely than asthma and 20 times more likely than diabetes.

Learning Oral Health Habits Early

The most important thing to remember when it comes to children and oral health is that kids need to learn good habits early in life. Regular brushing and flossing are crucial, as are regular dental cleanings.

The benefits that they enjoy during childhood will carry into adulthood, and good oral health could potentially reduce their chance of suffering from conditions like diabetes, stroke, or heart disease.

Protecting Your Kids - Teeth

As a parent, there are ways that you can protect your child's teeth in order to prevent the need for future dental work:

•  Restrict sweets throughout the day to one dessert after dinner
•  Encourage your child to eat non-acidic fruits and vegetables, and restrict consumption of juice and soda
•  If your child does drink a sugary drink, have them do so using a straw to keep the sugar away from the teeth

If you need more tips on how to keep your child's teeth healthy during Children's Dental Health Month or any time of the year, contact our office.
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Pediatric Dentistry & Endodontics

453 South Auburn Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945-7224

Pediatric Dentistry: Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS

Endodontics Dentistry: Steve Murphy, DMD

Tel: (530) 272-5522
Fax: 530-272-6245

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