Oral health is vital for everyone, but especially for young children whose teeth are just beginning to come in. According to dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych, if not kept clean, children can suffer long-term effects such as bad breath. And bad breath hurts not only their health but also their self-esteem.
If you don't want your children to experience these problems, it’s of the utmost importance that you teach them good dental hygiene habits as early in their lives as possible. If you're not experienced in giving the proper guidance for your children’s dental health, why not participate in National Children's Dental Health Month?
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. And each year the American Dental Association sponsors the event to help raise awareness about the importance of oral health for everyone at every age. Your dentist Columbia believes that building good habits at an early age - such as regular dental visits - provides children with a great foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
This national observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to endorse the benefits of good oral health to children, their family, teachers and many others.
This year's campaign slogan is "Defeat Monster Mouth" and features the McGrinn Twins, Flossy and Buck, along with their best friends and next-door neighbors, Den and Gen Smiley and K-9 the dog, fighting to beat Plaqster the Monster for good oral health.
To fight Monster Mouth and promote good oral health, the friends abide by this simple rule: 2min2x. That’s code for “brush your teeth two minutes, two times a day.” Flossy, Buck, Den, and Gen are aware of the importance of good dental habits to keep their smiles white and bright. They brush their teeth when they get up in the morning and before they go to bed each night and floss their teeth at least once each day.
Defeating Monster Mouth requires a lot of energy, so the McGrinns and Smileys eat healthy snacks between meals such as fruit and water instead of sugary soda as recommended by your dentist Columbia.
If you're a member of a dental team, a teacher or a parent, the American Dental Association has free online resources that can help you with oral health presentations, ideas for the classroom, and activity sheets that can be used as handouts for the children.
Why not schedule your child’s next appointment this month? Don’t wait – call the office of dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych to schedule an appointment today!