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Date: Feb 9, 2018

By Cindy Kaiser, Administrator Dental Services, Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services

Did you know that one in seven children age 6 – 12 has suffered a toothache in the past six months? February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the Baltimore County Department of Health is joining the American Dental Association (ADA) in reminding parents and caregivers that most tooth decay is easily preventable.

Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile is the theme for Children’s Dental Health Month. The goal is to teach children to begin healthy dental habits at an early age.

Here are some more ways to help promote good dental health:

Schedule regular dental visits. Twice a year is recommended. The American Dental Association says it is beneficial for a child’s first dental visit to occur before his first birthday.

Develop good brushing habits. Brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss daily.

Monitor beverage consumption. Children should make healthy beverage choices such as water and low-fat milk.

If your children chew gum, make it sugarless. Chewing sugarless gum after eating can increase saliva flow and help wash away food and decay-producing acids.

Limit between-meal snacks. If your young person craves a snack, offer a variety of healthy options, including fruits and/or raw vegetables.

Talk to your dentist for more information or click here to find out more about National Children’s Dental Health Month from the American Dental Association.

Remember – your child’s teeth were meant to last for a lifetime.

Revised September 11, 2017