Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? Of course, you and your kids should be thinking and talking about good dental health all year round—and chances are you do—but there’s no better time than February to check in and ensure that everyone in your family is getting the dental care they need for happy, healthy smiles for years to come!
Here in Overland Park most of our kids and their families have great oral health habits (thanks, parents!) but there’s still a lot that we can learn, teach, and practice that will help improve the dental health of kids everywhere. Tooth decay affects 42% of all children aged 2 to 11 years in the United States. In fact, it’s the number one chronic disease among all children nationwide. As a result, kids in the United States miss 51 million hours of school each year due to oral health problems.
Fortunately, tooth decay is largely preventable with a healthy diet, good oral hygiene habits, and regular visits to your Overland Park dentist. It’s worth paying attention to: children whose general dental health is poor are three times more likely to miss school due to dental health issues. So what can you do to help? Well, besides teaching your children good oral health habits and making sure they get regular checkups from your Overland Park dentist, one of the best things that you can do is to be a GREAT example yourself!
Even though it may not always seem like it, your kids watch you for cues about how to act and where to set priorities. So if you make it a point to brush, floss, eat healthy foods that are good for your body and your teeth, and make it in to your Overland Park dentist for cleanings and regular check-ups twice a year, your kids will see that those things are important. Even better, it’ll be much easier on you to get them to follow suit. Maybe try getting your whole family into the National Children’s Dental Health Month spirit by all going out and getting new toothbrushes together!
Here at Watts Family Dental, we want to be your partners for a lifetime of healthy smiles. That’s why we offer more than dental check-ups, preventative dentistry, and teeth whitening. We also offer advice on good habits that you can get into to help keep you and your family happy and smiling. Keep an eye on this blog for tips on everything from flossing to eating and drinking healthy, and from which gum to choose to tips for your kids’ dental health.
If you’d like your family to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month with bright, healthy smiles this year, then call (913) 338-3384 or fill out our quick and easy online contact form to schedule an appointment with your Overland Park dentist today!