October is synonymous with the start of cooler weather, Halloween celebrations as well as loads and loads of candy. Ironically, it is also National Dental Hygiene Month. In conjunction, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry began the Monster-Free Mouths Movement two years ago.
We here at Desert Hills Dental love this campaign because it brings awareness to parents as well as children about the importance of taking good care of your teeth. We love the idea of introducing “characters” as mouth monsters to help engage kids and get them interested in the health of their smiles.
Who are these so-called mouth monsters? Tooth D.K., Ginger Bite-Us and Tartar the Terrible. The goal is obviously to be monster-free by way of regular dental check-ups, teeth brushing and flossing.
This is a huge deal because by age 5 nearly 60-percent of kids will have had tooth decay. Crazy right?! The good news is that this is pretty much completely preventable. Many, including Dr. Staten, believe good oral care is the gateway to a child’s overall health. Contrary to what parents may think, when your child turns one, that should also be the time of their first dental check up (even if they’re pearly whites aren’t popping through yet).
Let’s team up and make sure our kids’ mouths stay monster-free! And if you haven’t scheduled your teeth cleaning, or if you simply have some questions or concerns about how to keep your child’s smile healthy, give our office a call, we’d be happy to help you.
You can find an entire parent toolkit and cavity prevention resources on the AAPD website here.