Tooth decay damages the outer surface of a tooth caused by a bacteria called plaque. If ignored, the plaque builds up and turns into tartar, which produces acids that cause caries and gum diseases.
In a survey conducted by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, tooth decay is still the most widespread chronic diseases in children although it can be largely prevented if treated early.
This February, the American Dental Association organizes the National Children’s Dental Health Month with the theme “Defeat Monster Month” to focus on children’s proper oral hygiene. Its campaign slogan “Brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile” aims to promote the importance and benefits of dental health for kids to develop early habits of oral hygiene.
The month-long dental health observance is supported by health professionals, educators, and dental care providers to guide parents, caregivers, and teachers in ensuring proper dental care for children. These little steps will come a long way if observed properly:
Your kids deserve healthy and clean teeth! Celebrate the National Children’s Dental Health Month with fun and educational activities brought by ADA.