Get ready for National Children's Dental Month

By - Bad Breath Expert

SUMMARY: National Children's Dental Month is a perfect time to teach kids good oral hygiene habits!

Posted: January 23, 2015

Each year, February marks National Children's Dental Month, an opportunity to educate kids about the importance of good oral hygiene and general mouth care. This month is sponsored by the American Dental Association in hopes of reaching millions of Americans across the country at a young age. While dentists certainly want to emphasize good oral hygiene habits for Americans of all ages, the ADA takes this month to specifically focus on children in order to instill lifelong behaviors that will encourage kids to make healthy teeth and gums a priority in the long run

Remarkably, the National Education Association notes that in the U.S., students miss 51 million hours of classroom time due to oral health problems each year. All in all, National Children's Dental Month serves as a perfect time for teachers, dentists and parents to teach children more about how to take care of their teeth. 

The 2015 campaign 
The ADA involves thousands of oral health care professionals each year in its campaign for children's dental health. The organization's theme for 2015 is "Defeat Monster Mouth," and revolves around the idea of fighting off a plaque monster by partaking in good oral hygiene habits such as brushing, flossing and rinsing regularly. Raising awareness will help children develop beneficial long-term oral care habits and ideally deter absenteeism caused by oral health problems. The ADA's website further provides a wide range of fun facts and activity sheets, as well as downloadable posters of this year's campaign. 

Educational ideas 
Educating students about good oral hygiene habits goes beyond reviewing the basics of brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing once a day. Another main component of dental hygiene is eating healthy and avoiding foods and drinks high in sugar and acid. This may be a particularly valuable lesson for students who regularly opt for soda, sports drinks, candy and other snacks that lead to cavities and tooth decay. What's more, teaching children the importance of a balanced and healthy diet can provide a number of long-term health benefits that extend well beyond oral care.

Additionally, consider educating students about the functions of teeth and gums, and examine the causes and symptoms of common oral problems such as cavities, gingivitis and bad breath. Taking such steps this February can help raise wider awareness of the importance of good oral health and ensure that children nationwide make brushing and flossing top priorities. 

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