February is National Children’s Dental Health Month – GO DAIRY!

By DeDe Hausman

The American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors this annual event throughout the month of February to bring awareness to American families (and policy makers) about the importance of developing good oral health habits for our kids.  It began as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 3, 1941, and went national with the first Children’s Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949.  It grew to its current month long celebration in 1981.

So why is it so important to have a whole month devoted to this issue?!   Many people aren’t aware the important role early dental care plays in children’s overall health.  The ADA recommends that parents take action early on in their kids’ lives to insure the health of their teeth because attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in promoting good lifetime oral health habits.  This includes annual checkups after the eruption of the first tooth and/or no later than the child’s first birthday.   Seems logical, right?!

OK, so parents should be getting their kids to use a tooth brush at a young age and especially get them to learn to brush after meals.   What else can we do for youngsters to help insure that they will have healthy teeth? Continue reading