February is National Children’s Dental Health Month
It started out as one day created in Ohio in February in 1941, and since then, National Children’s Dental Health Month has grown from a two-city event to a nationwide program.
The first observance took place on February 8, 1949. The single-day celebration later became a week in 1955, and in 1981, the program was extended to a month-long observance.
Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical to maintain good oral health throughout one’s lifetime. It’s important at Pediatric Dental Associates and Orthodontics to provide tools needed to teach children so they can learn how important dental health is at an early age.
In honor of this month, here are five facts about children’s dental health some people may not be aware of.
- Cavities are surprisingly common in children. They’re actually five-times more common than asthma, seven-times more common than hay fever, and more common than type-two diabetes and obesity. Cavities are the leading disease in children.
- Many of those cavities end up going untreated. A CDC study reports about 42 percent of children ages 2-11 have untreated cavities.
- Not only can cavities affect oral health, they can affect academic performance. The Center for Health and Healthcare in Schools reports 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental related issues. This is mostly due to children being in pain.
- Over 80 percent of the cavities children get are on the chewing surface of their teeth. Dental sealants can help with this issue. Only 18.5 percent of children have at least one sealed permanent tooth.
- The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says fluoride is proven to be the most effective way to prevent cavities. More than 100 million Americans don’t get enough fluoride from their tap water.
For more information on how to prevent cavities in children, contact them on social media, or call PDAO at 479-582-0600.