In February, National Children's Dental Health Month, parents were urged to take their kids to dental check-ups. The campaign, sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA), aimed to raise awareness about the importance of oral health and fighting off dental decay. An NBCBayArea.com article explains how the latter impacts the majority of children in the United States:
"Dental decay is the single most common chronic disease of childhood, with 16.5 million children suffering from untreated tooth decay. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums."
Even with National Children's Dental Health Month over, parents are still exhorted to set their children on the path towards good oral health. Finding a reliable dentist in Rockville, MD, is the first step toward educating children on the importance of oral health and getting them started on good oral hygiene practices. In today's fast-paced culture and society, it is easy for parents to keep track of their child's medical needs, but fail to make time for their dental check-ups.
Prevention is always better than cure – the same holds true for dental health. If a child starts developing good oral health habits late, he or she should at least be taken care of by a dentist who can not only treat tooth problems but also teach kids how to avoid them. The good news is that practices like StarBrite Dental offer family dentistry services, making it convenient for parents to make appointments for everyone in their household. A professional Rockville dentist can attend to anyone's basic and specialized dental needs.
With adults teaching them the importance of dental health and hygiene, as well as setting a positive example, children could be rid of the usual fear of the dentist. At the same time, they could be inspired to become more responsible when it comes to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
The ADA's efforts to promote children's dental health may have been ramped up in February, but efforts toward that goal shouldn't stop at National Children's Dental Health Month. Continuous and consistent dental care is required to put an end to widespread dental decay among children in the United States and all over the world.
(Source: National Children's Dental Health Month, NBCBayArea.com, February 13, 2014)