February might be known first and foremost as a month of love, thanks to Valentine’s Day. It is also a time for commemorating Black History Month, a tradition that officially began in 1976. February is also the month of Presidents’ Day, Ground Hog Day, Fat Tuesday and Leap Day. Many look forward to watching the Super Bowl and the Oscars, too. But did you know that the second month of the year has also been designated as National Children’s Dental Health Month, a time during which healthcare professionals set out to help kids from healthy dental habits? This year organizers are centering their education efforts around one particularly simple way for kids to protect their smiles from cavities, and that’s by drinking more tap water!
How Can You Encourage Healthy Habits?
As a parent, you may already have your hands full helping to care for your kids. Fortunately, when it comes to dental health, a few healthy habits can go a long way in protecting their smiles from dental cavities and other common problems, like gum disease.
Brushing and flossing are important, but a healthy diet is also beneficial. That’s because they bacteria in the mouth feed upon sugar, so the more sugar your kids consume on a regular basis, the more likely they are to struggle with dental decay.
Take Care of Your Whole Family’s Smiles?
Besides opting for water instead of sugary drinks like sodas, drinking tap water has the added benefit of containing fluoride (at least in most American cities). Fluoride is an organic compound that helps to protect against enamel erosion, by helping to prevent demineralization caused by acids. Checkups and cleanings can help protect your kids’ smiles, but the dentist may also recommend fluoride treatments.