February is National Children’s Dental Health Month
Each year pediatric dentists and hygienists from Dental Associates spend time throughout our dental center communities educating children on the importance of oral hygiene. In a typical year we will visit over 130 schools and 11,000 kids throughout Wisconsin to teach the importance of good oral hygiene. In addition, Dental Associates provides over $30,000 in dental care to children who don’t have access to care.
Learn about healthy oral hygiene habits below with our National Children’s Dental Health Month oral hygiene facts. It’s one month of learning that you and your child should embrace throughout the entire year!
Oral Hygiene Facts
The Importance of Pediatric Dentist Visits
Did you know? According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, more than 50 percent of children will be affected by tooth decay before age 5.
Healthy Kid’s Teeth with the 2-2-2 Rule
Help keep your child’s teeth healthy by using the 2-2-2 rule: visit your dentist TWO times a year, and brush and floss TWO times a day for TWO whole minutes!
How Do You Get Kids to Brush Their Teeth?
Our pediatric dentists recommend parents follow the Tell, Show, Do model:
• TELL: In age-appropriate language, explain how to brush and floss and how those actions keep teeth clean and healthy.
• SHOW: Let children watch when mom or dad brush and floss their own teeth.
• DO: Help children brush and floss their teeth in the morning and before bed, and keep a regular routine so they know it’s expected. Continue helping to brush a child’s teeth until they’re age 4 or 5. After that, let them do it themselves, but supervise them until age 7 or 8. Children and adults should brush for two minutes, twice a day.
School Hours Lost to Dental-Related Conditions
Did you know? According to the Office of the Surgeon General, more than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related conditions. Help prevent lost school days and embrace the 2-2-2 rule!
The Reason to Invest in Preventative Dental Care
Did you know? According to the American Dental Hygienists Association, every dollar spent on preventative dental care could save you $8 to $50 in restorative and emergency dental treatments and potentially more in additional types of medical treatment. A child should see a pediatric dentist when their first tooth appears, or by his or her first birthday. Learn more by reading our A Child’s First Dental Visit page.
Oral Hygiene: the Importance of Brushing and Flossing
Did you know that your oral health can offer clues about your overall health or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria, most of them harmless. Normally the body's natural defenses and good oral hygiene, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. If you don’t remove decay-causing bacteria with daily brushing and flossing, it can lead to cavities or worse, gum disease.
Plan a Visit to Our Pediatric Dentist
If it’s time to plan a first visit to the dentist or return visit for a check-up and cleaning, our Pediatric Dentists are ready to put your child on the path to a lifetime of good oral hygiene. Request an Appointment and get your child off to a great start!