National Children’s Dental Health Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month
Posted on 04/02/2018

National Children’s Dental Health Month

The American Dental Association (ADA) first coined the month of February as National Children’s Dental Health Month in 1949. However, eight years earlier this observance started as a one-day event.

Pediatric dentists back then understood the importance of encouraging kids to adopt healthy oral hygiene at an early age to promote beautiful and healthy smiles throughout their lives, just as pediatric dentists of the present believe now.

Larry Caldwell, DDS & Associates shares this desire to promote children’s dental health, so we work hard to educate our patients about the benefits of pediatric dentistry and ways to prevent tooth decay.

Tooth Decay is one of the most common conditions we see in young patients at our Sugar Land and Wharton, TX pediatric dentistry. According to research, in 2015 tooth decay in American children was the most chronic disease. Additionally, 42% of children ages 2 - 11 suffer with tooth decay, and 23% of them have not been treated.

Healthy Choices to Prevent Tooth Decay

It's no secret that children love sugary drinks, snacks, and foods. Sugar mixed with already present bacteria in the mouth can activate acid that then attacks the teeth causing tooth decay. Regularly brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash can help prevent the presence of bacteria in your children’s mouths.

Along with minimizing your children’s intake of sugar, make sure they are receiving the proper nutrients by preparing foods that represent all five major food groups:

  • Vegetables
  • Grain
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fruit

Having a balanced diet full of these healthy foods will help build up your children’s immune systems and attack infections such as periodontal disease, which is a major contributing factor for teeth loss in adults.

Schedule A Pediatric Dentistry Appointment Today!

Our friendly pediatric dentists and dental team have years of experience working with children of all ages to develop healthy, beautiful smiles. Feel free to give us a call at (281) 565-5437 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you!