By tinytexans45006907, Feb 21 2017 02:39PM
The American Dental Association first started recognizing the entire month of February as National Children’s Dental Health Month in 1981. In a month usually known for chocolates in heart shaped boxes the importance of children’s dental health can sometimes be overlooked. Tooth decay (dental cavities) remains the most prevalent chronic disease in both children and adults. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42% of children age 2 to 11 have had dental cavities.
Fortunately, with proper education, good oral hygiene and a healthy diet these cavities can be usually be prevented. The 2017 slogan "Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile" is being taught in classrooms and childcare facilities across the United States as dentists and teachers work together to help keep children free from dental cavities. Tap water has a safe pH that will not cause cavities and the added benefit of fluoride in the Austin, Buda and Kyle areas. If you prefer to drink bottled water or limit fluoride exposure, make sure to check the pH of the water to insure it is not acidic. Acidic drinks cause the enamel of teeth to weaken which can contribute to cavities.
Tiny Texans Pediatric Dentistry is taking an active role in educating the local community about National Children’s Dental Health Month. Dr. Christina Ramirez is visiting schools and daycares in the South Austin, Buda, and Kyle areas with the help of the Tooth Fairy. The importance of drinking water is stressed at a level children can relate to. Teeth friendly snacks versus bad snacks are reviewed as the children give a thumbs up or down on the photo they are shown. We demonstrate what to expect when a child goes to a dental visit. Lastly, we teach proper tooth brushing techniques and have the children practice on our stuffed dog, Tex.
It is likely your child will come home with a dental health activity this month if they attend school or daycare. Take the few minutes to talk with your child about why healthy teeth and regular dental check-ups are important. If you would like to schedule a visit to your school or would like your child seen for a dental visit, give us a call at 512-646-4500.