All during February, we are taking part in the celebration of National Children's Dental Health Month. This annual observance is sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA) to raise awareness of how important it is to develop good oral hygiene habits at an early age. Good dental health will promote your children's overall health and even their performance at school. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, an estimated 51 million school hours are lost per year due to dental-related illness.
To get every child off to the best possible start, we recommend that the first dental visit take place around the time of your child's first birthday. This will establish a “dental home” for your little one and allow caring professionals to respond to any issues that come up early on. Regular, semi-annual visits should follow to maintain healthy baby teeth, which in turn will have a positive affect on the permanent teeth that will replace them.
If your children are of school age, they will probably enjoy some of the games, puzzles and coloring sheets the ADA has created to help instill healthy habits. You can access the whole collection at http://www.ada.org/5578.aspx#sheets.
If you have any questions about oral health for children, please contact us today at 518-237-0019 to schedule an appointment for your child.