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