February is National Children’s Dental Health month, a time each year focused on spreading awareness about the importance of good oral health for our youth.
While it is important to focus on everyone’s oral health all year round, the statistics suggest that an entire month of awareness dedicated to children is warranted.
While recent industry studies suggest that cavities in young people are trending down (great job!), we know there is still work to be done:
- An estimated 51 million hours of school are missed by children each year due to dental issues
- 44% of US children will suffer from pediatric dental disease before they reach kindergarten
- Pediatric dental disease tops bumps, bruises or even the flu when it comes to reasons children go to the ER every year.
Teeth are meant to last a lifetime and by helping children develop good oral health habits early on, maybe one day we can turn these stats around too.
At Keystone Dental Arts, we employ the help of our mascot Ribbit to show kids in a friendly way that the journey to good oral health begins with healthy habits. Kids aged 3+ can join our Keystone Kids Club where they earn points from Ribbit for healthy habits that they can later redeem for fun rewards. Schedule your child’s Happy Visit today!
Here are some simple tips for parents to help your child develop good oral health habits:
For more ideas on raising awareness in your family or in the classroom:
- Download & Print Ribbit’s Brush Chart
- Download & Print the ADA Crossword Activity Sheet
- Download & Print the ADA Connect The Dots Activity Sheet
Enter to Win in the KDA New Year Tri-Fecta
From now until 2/14/18, this jumble of dental care tools is on display in our lobby. There are three chances to win a Family 4 Pack of Passes to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire by guessing how many of each item are in the vase. Guess the total number of items in the vase and you’ll win an Oral B Electric Toothbrush and a Family 6 Pack of Passes to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. You don’t need an appointment to participate, just stop in during office hours to enter your guesses! One winner will be selected in each category in each of the four categories and announced on 2/15/18.
We’re proud to be a business member of The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire where they’re celebrating Children’s Dental Health Month this February with all sorts of fun and educational dental health related events for kids. Check out the schedule of activities and plan a trip over school vacation!
Here’s to the children and the journey to good oral health!
Your friends at Keystone Dental Arts