American Dental Association Event Nears its 75th Anniversary
February is the month to teach children about the importance of oral health! All month long we want to encourage youngsters to brush their teeth twice daily, to floss at least once a day, to visit their dentist at least twice a year, and to eat foods that are good for their teeth and their bodies. The American Dental Association’s first national observance for children’s dental health began on February 8, 1949. Nearly 75 years later, dentists around the country are still taking advantage of the observance to emphasize the good oral health they promote year round.
Why help children focus on good oral health, especially if they get a second set of teeth? The dentists at the ADA use February to remind children and families that “developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.” Early dental habits go a long way towards deciding how many teeth a person has when they are older. As one proverb says, “Train children in the way they should go, and even when they grow old they will not depart from it.”
The dentists at the Yuba City Dentistry Group have observed the same thing over many decades of dental practice. Children who learn to take good care of their teeth seldom have problems when they see us as teenagers, and then later as adults. Children without a good dental routine often have oral health problems, unless they learn to change their ways for the better.
So get on board with National Children’s Dental Health Month! If you don’t have a visit to the Yuba City Dentistry Group planned that month, you can still participate in the educational activities by checking out the resources made available by the ADA for free downloading. And if you need a dental visit for your child, call us or visit our contact page to set your appointment.