The American Dental Association (ADA) and Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia are joining together to recognize February as National Children’s Dental Health Month. This year’s theme is “Brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile” The ADA and the dental community know that teaching kids 4 steps to dental health while they’re young leads to a lifetime of great oral healthcare.
4 steps to dental health:
- Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste Fluoride toothpaste helps remineralize teeth, keeping them strong from the outside so they have less chance to chip or crack
- Clean between teeth daily Brushing misses the 60% of the tooth’s surface; only flossing can reach those hidden areas where plaque hides and cavities are formed
- Eat a healthy diet that limits sugary food and drinks Foods high in sugar lead to plaque formation so limiting them will help avoid the bacteria that leads to cavities in the first place
- See a dentist every 6 months for preventive care and checkups Only your dentist can see what’s going on beneath the surface of your smile. Maintaining regular checkups means that our dentists will catch an issue before it becomes a problem.
The ADA reaches millions of children, parents, teachers and community leaders by sponsoring Children’s National Dental Health Month in february. Dental professionals across the country know that with the help of this program, they have taught families the importance of taking care of their teeth and gums. Since its inception in 1941, Children’s National Dental Health Month has proven that education and care are the cornerstone to healthy smiles for a lifetime.
Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia is proud to join with The American Dental Association and this national initiative. If you or your children want to learn some easy tips to maintain great teeth between checkups, ask one of our team members during your next visit. To schedule an appointment contact us at 804-409-4725 or use our convenient online scheduling tool. A great, healthy smile is waiting for you and your child!