Smile! It’s National Children's Dental Health Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month is observed in February and sponsored by the American Dental Association. It is a time to increase awareness of oral health, promote good oral health habits, and spur advocacy for those suffering from oral health-related problems.

Despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. There are, however, safe and effective preventive measures that can protect teeth. Good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing, can help keep children from getting cavities.

Reports show that American students miss 51 million hours of school every year because of oral health problems. And students who are absent miss critical instruction time—especially in early grades where reading skills are an important focus and the building blocks of future learning. And students who have experienced recent oral health pain are four times more likely to have lower grade point averages than their counterparts who have not.

Parents and children are encouraged to brush their teeth for two minutes, two times per day.

For more resources, please visit NIH's website.

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