What is it?
Each year in February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to help raise awareness about the importance of oral health in children.
This month-long national health observance brings together professionals, healthcare providers, and student educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers, and others throughout the community.
Why is it Necessary?
Cavities, also known as tooth decay, are one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. The thing about cavities is they’re completely preventable. It’s been scientifically proven that kids who have poor dental health miss more school and receive lower grades than children who don’t.
Furthermore, tooth decay can cause much more than just discomfort and oral issues. Poor oral hygiene doesn’t just lead to dental cavities and gum disease. It’s also been linked to heart disease, cancer, and even diabetes!
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a lifelong commitment. The earlier you learn proper oral hygiene habits—such as brushing, flossing, and limiting the sugar in your diet—the easier it will be to avoid costly dental procedures and long-term health issues throughout your lifetime.
How can you participate?
Participating in Children’s Dental Health Month can be as simple as talking to your kids about their oral health care routine. Make it a point to discuss with them the importance of a healthy mouth. Remind them that their teeth are the only part of their body that cannot heal themselves. It’s up to them to keep up with their oral hygiene.
If you want to take it a step further, The NCDHM Program Planning Guide provides the community with resources to promote the benefits of good dental health to children.
They also offer coloring sheets for your children. Make learning about the importance of dental health fun for them!
Make an Appointment
Kids should see a dentist by the time they have their first birthday, or when they sprout their first tooth—whichever comes first. Teaching them good oral hygiene habits when they are young will help them develop healthy habits for a lifetime.
Our office environment is comfortable and family-friendly. Children can play a game or read a book in our reception area. During their visit, kids can relax while watching their favorite movie or cartoon.
Since February is Children’s Dental Health Month, it’s a great time to make sure your kiddos are up to date on their check-ups/cleanings. If your child is due for an appointment, call us at (318) 498-5011 or click to request an appointment online.
Dr. Finley is among the 6% of dentists in the United States with a fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. He also is a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). His expertise is rare–fewer than 30 dentists in the entire world have achieved both fellowships. Dr. Finley is also a five-time winner of the annual AACD Smile Gallery. Since 1985, he’s been treating every patient like a member of our own family. We serve the communities of Monroe, West Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Union Parish, Brownsville-Bawcomville, Claiborne, and surrounding areas.