It’s That Time Again…National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM)

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Yes, that’s a real thing. In addition to celebrating Valentine’s Day, Presidents Lincoln and Washington’s birthday, Groundhog Day, and Black History Month; the American Dental Association (ADA) uses February as the month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.  According to the organization’s website,

developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

During this month parents are encouraged to promote oral health by making an appointment for their children to see their dentist for an annual cleaning and oral exam. Parents and teachers are also encouraged to have conversations and do activities with children that promote oral health. The ADA provides a number of educational resources on their website: http://www.ada.org/5578.aspx

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We all know the importance of oral health and how costly it can be if it’s ignored. With fillings costing more than $100 per tooth and more advanced procedures increasing in cost from there, it is well worth the investment of time and energy to educate our children at a young age to ensure that they have a solid foundation of oral health and hygiene habits.

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Call your dentist to schedule an appointment today.

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