It’s Children’s Dental Health Month!
The end of February, also marks the end of National Children’s Dental Health Month.
The American Dental Association began observing children’s dental health in February of 1941 in Akron, Ohio. Since 1941, the observance has become a month long time to inform parents, healthcare provider and the general public about children’s oral health, and teach children how to care for their teeth and develop oral hygiene habits that will insure a healthy smile throughout their life.
This year’s theme was “Brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile”. We’ve put together a few tips to help parents and children maintain a healthy, mouth.
- Floss your children’s teeth even when they have only their baby (primary) teeth.
- At two to six years old, children’s teeth begin to fit closer together. Parents should regularly floss their children’s teeth to help reinforce the habit of flossing
- Around ten years old, children develop the manual dexterity require to floss
- Brushing alone only cleans about 70% of the surface of your teeth. By flossing, your child can clean 100% of the surface of the teeth.
- The areas between the teeth that cannot be reached by brushing alone are the most prone to develop dental decay
- Children with orthodontic devices like braces can floss too! Floss threaders and proxabrushes can be used to remove food debris between teeth and stuck in brackets or orthodontic equipment.
- For tight contacts waxed floss can make flossing easier and the wax will help the floss slide more easily.