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FEBRUARY National Children's Dental Health Month

Children's Oral Health

We all can understand the importance of oral health. Preventing cavities, dental diseases, and even more serious effects such as teeth and gum loss are all reasons why it is so crucial to take care of our dental hygiene. One significant way of getting into a healthy routine of brushing and flossing teeth is to make sure that we make this a positive need when children are still young.

As adults, it is commonly understood why teeth cleaning is a must. Children, on the other hand, have yet to experience the true struggles that can come to fruition as they grow older, especially when they aren’t 100% on top of this hygiene routine. The following shows a breakdown of actual statistics regarding children dental health:

  1. About 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth.

  2. 1 of 7 (13%) adolescents aged 12 to 19 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth.

  3. The percentage of children and adolescents aged 5 to 19 years with untreated tooth decay is twice as high for those from low-income families (25%) compared with children from higher-income households (11%).

These statistics can be lowered by enforcing regular brushing, flossing, and common visits to your child’s dentist. Here’s a few more tips:

  • Children who brush daily with fluoride toothpaste will have less tooth decay

  • If your child is young, make sure to keep an eye on their brushing habits.

  • Consider speaking with your dentist about dental sealants (a coating that will help prevent decay).

Regular check-ups are your best bet for a healthy oral lifestyle!

B. Thalhammer (Source - https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/children_adults/child.htm)

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