February is Children’s Dental Health Month. We know kids eat a lot of sweets and drink a lot of juice and that can be damaging to their teeth. My son has a cavity and it’s actually right between his front two front teeth. I was heartbroken when I took him to the dentist and found out. I make him brush his teeth twice a day and I try to limit his sweet intake, but that wasn’t enough. The dentist recommended him brushing his teeth after every meal if possible, adding water to his sugary drinks, and limiting candy. I realized then that kids needed to be reminded about the seriousness of dental care. Later on, in their life, they could be looking at Dental Implants in Denver to replace their broken or missing teeth. Some people will get implants because they aren’t happy with the way their teeth look and want to feel good about themselves, but others will have to do it because of damage from years previous.
After doing some research I found out that cavities are 100 percent preventable, but more than one in four children in IL has had at least one cavity in the past year. As a way to teach cavity-fighting habits to pre-kindergarten through third-grade students in Illinois, the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s “Land of Smiles” program will visit over 130 schools in 2014. The “Land of Smiles” program is so cute! It’s entertaining, but the educational performance that encourages kids to use proper dental habits. The costumed characters Tooth Wizard and PlaqueMan, teach the kids the value and practice of brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash. They also discuss how sealants work, foods that are good and bad for teeth and they also remind kids why it is important to visit the dentist at least twice a year.
It is so important to teach our kids proper hygiene and I am proud to know that some organizations actually care about my child’s well being. If you want to learn more about the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation check out their site here.
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