National Children’s Dental Health Month!
Tooth Decay is the Number One Chronic Infectious Disease Among Children in the U.S.
Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning.
Fact: About 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth
Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the leading authority on children’s oral health, invites parents and caregivers to fight the leading chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S.: tooth decay, also known as the Mouth Monsters. AAPD recommends parents and caregivers fight tooth decay during February by following these three steps:
- Establish a Dental Home – or home base – for your child’s oral health care by finding a local pediatric dentist.
- Help your child develop healthy oral habits early, by brushing as soon as the first tooth appears and explaining tooth decay in kid-friendly terms.
- Take advantage of the resources available on mychildrensteeth.org that will help keep little teeth healthy, including informative articles, practical tips and tools, and an easy-to-use pediatric dentist finder.
Throughout the month of February, CCHD’s Oral Health Educator will be holding several special events to help children learn more about how to take care of their teeth and the importance of good oral health habits. The Oral Health Educator and Dental Assistant students from the College of Technology will be visiting each Kindergarten class in the county to teach children good oral health habits. Each child will receive a toothbrush and toothpaste.
The Oral Health Educator will also be visiting story hour at the Great Falls Public Library on Wednesday, February 25th at 10:30am.
Click here to visit CCHD’s Oral Health page and learn more these local programs.