|February is Children’s Dental Health Month|
Berlin, Md. (February 4, 2014) – February marks the celebration of Valentine’s Day and a month long focus on Children’s Dental Health. It is a perfect opportunity to use a new educational bulletin board titled “Love That Smile” downloadable from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Oral Health website, http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/oralhealth. The free bulletin board highlights proven ways to prevent tooth decay including proper brushing and flossing, oral injury prevention, nutrition, and the importance of fluoride and sealants.
A healthy mouth is important for overall wellbeing. Poor oral health during childhood can cause problems with eating, speaking, and learning. Cavities can cause children pain and serious health problems. Each year, more than 51 million school hours are missed due to dental problems. Tooth decay is five times more common than asthma in children. Fortunately, it’s preventable!
Children’s Dental Health Month is celebrated nationally. For recognizing this month Maryland Office of Oral Health’s website, http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/oralhealth, provides games to test your dental knowledge. This website provides other links to additional dental educational materials including a request form to order bulk quantities of free oral health materials, assistance in obtaining children’s Medicaid dental health insurance (Maryland Healthy Smiles Dental Program), and information on how to find public dental services.
There are several tips for preventing tooth decay in children. They include:
For additional tips and resources visit the following websites.
www.healthyteethhealthykids.org/– Maryland Dental Action Coalition
www.mouthhealthykids.org – American Dental Association
www.mouthhealthy.org – American Dental Association
www.mchoralhealth.org – Maternal & Child Health Oral Health Resource Center