February is Children’s Dental Health Month

Oral Health (1)Tooth decay is the number one childhood illness, but also the most preventable. Since dental health is an indicator of overall health, it’s important to take care of our children’s teeth and establish healthy habits early.

During Pregnancy 

  • Babies’ teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth months of a mother’s pregnancy, making it important for pregnant mothers to take care of their teeth and bodies with a well-balanced diet and good brushing habits.
  • Hormonal shifts during pregnancy can cause pregnancy gingivitis, which results in red and swollen gums that can bleed easily.
  • Research suggests a link between preterm, low-birth weight babies, and gingivitis, so see your dentist for regular checkups to ensure a healthy mom and baby.

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Good Dental Habits Start Early

February is national Children’s Dental Health Month, a time to focus on the importance of good oral health habits. This is especially important for young children because tiny baby teeth play a big role in a child’s overall health and development. Baby teeth help children chew food, speak clearly, and hold space so permanent teeth can grow in straight later.

But right now, dental decay is the most common chronic disease in young children, five times more prevalent than asthma. Children with poor oral health experience pain, distraction from learning, and difficulty eating and speaking. All of this can be prevented by practicing good dental habits with children at home, visiting the dentist regularly, and following a balanced diet. Continue reading