Children’s Dental Health Month Activities

Children at the Great Falls Public Library Story Hour on Wednesday, February 22 at 10:30am will get a mouthful of information. The CCHD’s Oral Health Educator, Vickie Johnson, has partnered with students from the MSU-COT Dental Assistant Program to present information and tools to community children for better dental health.

“Your child’s baby teeth really set the tone for adult teeth,” says Vickie Johnson, “and developing good dental habits early can get kids on the right track for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.”

Johnson, with assistance from the Dental Program students, has been visiting Kindergarten classes in Great Falls and Cascade County throughout February for Children’s Dental Health Month. The educational “Brush-In” at the Public Library is an opportunity for parents with younger kids to learn when and how to brush their child’s teeth and how to encourage those preventive behaviors as their child grows.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, tooth decay affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease. Untreated tooth decay causes pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing and learning. By encouraging healthy eating habits, cleaning teeth early, using the right amount of flouride toothpaste and supervising children’s brushing, parents can reduce their child’s risk for developing tooth decay. Additionally, talking about a child’s specific dental health needs with their doctor or dentist can keep you informed and on the right track for your child’s healthy smile.

For more information on children’s dental health, visit www.cchdmt.org or www.cdc.gov/oralhealth.