February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and the American Dental Association is kicking it off with a campaign to promote the benefits of drinking fluoridated tap water. The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition is proud to join professionals, parents, and community members to help establish positive attitudes, practice good oral hygiene habits, and teach children about the importance of maintaining good oral and overall physical health to set them up for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Good oral hygiene helps keep your mouth healthy, prevents gum disease, and cavities. Children can practice and maintain good oral health by:

– Brushing their teeth for two minutes, twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, when they wake up and before bed. Print a calendar for kids to check off each time they brush their teeth from Mouth Healthy. Find games and videos to help kids stay engaged during brushing here.

– Flossing their teeth one time per day, usually at bedtime. Watch this video from Colgate to learn how to floss.

– Replacing their toothbrush every 3-4 months, or more often if the bristles are worn down. Always replace your toothbrush if you have been sick.

– Eating healthy foods and limiting sugary drinks. Try adding in more water from the tap that contains fluoridation to help prevent cavities.

– Visiting their dentist regularly for routine preventive care and treatment.

Starting to practice dental hygiene early with children leads to healthier smiles and building healthy habits in the future. Find activities for kids to stay engaged throughout this month. We’d love to see your child in action! Submit a photo to KOHC of your kids practicing good dental hygiene or learning about oral health.

We hope that throughout the month, you can participate in the annual celebration along with your dentist, dental hygienist, children, friends, and other community members to help keep children cavity-free and smiling for years to come.