February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and we are excited to help promote the benefits of good oral health to children, caregivers, teachers, and those around them! This year’s NCDHM campaign slogan is “Fluoride in water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap!”
Did you know that tooth decay (i.e. cavities) is the most common chronic condition of childhood in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)? Roughly 1 in 5 children ages 5-11 have at least one untreated decayed tooth. That’s 1 in 5 too many! Dr. Drew and Crew wants to help children beat this statistic and have a healthy, strong smile.
The good news is that tooth decay is preventable! For more than 60 years, water fluoridation has proved to be a safe and cost-effective way to reduce dental caries. Today, water fluoridation is estimated to reduce tooth decay by 20%-40%! By choosing to drink from the tap and having children brush their teeth using tap water, you’re greatly reducing the chances of decay!
Some other healthy-smile tips to keep in mind are:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Clean between your teeth daily
- Eat a healthy diet that limits sugary beverages and snacks
- See your dentist regularly for prevention and treatment of oral disease
Creating healthy oral habits at a young age helps protect teeth against the potential damage of disease and decay. Contact Dr. Drew and Crew today to schedule your child’s appointment!
520 S. 14th St.
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901