January 31, 2024

Family Resources Newsletter – February 2024

Dear CDA Families,

We hope everyone is doing well! February is here, and we’re excited to join the nationwide celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). This is an important time dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of oral health in children and encouraging good dental habits.

Have you ever heard people say that baby teeth don’t matter because they are going to “fall out anyway?” I have, plenty of times. However, it is important to know that primary teeth are important to a child’s growth and development. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cavities, also known as caries or tooth decay are the most common chronic childhood disease in the United States. Untreated cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning.

Oral health literacy is key for maintaining a healthy smile and overall well-being. By understanding the importance of good oral hygiene, children can develop habits that will benefit them throughout their lives. Good oral health is not only about having a bright smile but also plays a significant role in preventing oral disease.

Promoting Good Oral Health at Home.
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Oral Health During Pregnancy

People are more prone to gum disease and cavities during pregnancy, which can affect your baby’s health. It is safe and important to get oral care during pregnancy.

  • Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste in the morning and before bed.
  • Floss daily to remove bacteria where a toothbrush cannot reach.
  • Eat healthy foods and beverages that are low in sugar.
  • See a dentist before you deliver.

Oral Health for Babies

Oral care should start before your baby’s first tooth comes in.

  • Clean baby’s gums using a soft, clean washcloth after feedings. Doing this at least twice per day, the first feeding and before bed will help prevent cavities.
  • When baby’s first tooth come in, use an infant toothbrush with soft bristles and plain water. Don’t forget to lift the baby’s lip and softly brush at the gum line of the front teeth. The best time to brush is morning and at bedtime.
  • Schedule baby’s first dental visit by age one to help reduce the risk of cavities. Catching issues early is key to preventing more significant problems down the road.

Oral Health for Children

  • Brushing Fun: Make oral hygiene a family affair. Encourage children to brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Joining in can make it a fun and educational activity.
  • Floss Daily: It’s like a secret mission to get rid of those sneaky bits of food hiding between your teeth. Take a piece of floss and gently slide between each tooth.
  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Schedule regular dental check-ups for your children to help maintain good oral health and prevent cavities.
  • Healthy Diets for Strong Teeth: Encourage nutritious snacks like fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. Avoid sugary snacks and beverages, as they contribute to tooth decay.

National Children’s Dental Health Month is a great opportunity for families to come together and prioritize oral health. Your involvement and interest make a significant impact on your child’s understanding and appreciation of dental care. Remember, instilling good oral health habits in children is an investment in their overall well-being.

Events & Resources

Below are some additional resources to enhance your oral health literacy:

CDC Children’s Dental Health

Improving Oral Health Literacy


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