In February, for over sixty years, dentists, parents, and children all across America observe National Children’s Dental Health Month. This all began as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio on February 3rd, 1941, and the first national observance of Children’s Dental Health Day was held on February 8th, 1949. It has since grown into a month-long celebration. Our message of the importance of oral health goes out to millions of children and adults in communities across the country, and includes such events as health fairs, dental office tours, and visits to the classroom by dentists and hygienists. Dr. Ushma Patel will be volunteering at a local school giving educational programs to several children’s classes on how to take care of their teeth and talking to them about nutrition to keep them healthy.
One of the reasons for this special annual event is that many people are still unaware of the important role early dental care plays in our children’s overall health. We strongly recommend that parents take action early to ensure the health of their children’s teeth because attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good oral health throughout life.
Children’s teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and a healthy smile is important to a child’s self-esteem. With proper care, a balanced diet and regular dental visits, their teeth can remain healthy and strong.
Please make sure that we see your child within six months of the eruption of the first tooth, and certainly no later than the child’s first birthday. Preventive care such as cleanings and fluoride treatments provide your child with “smile insurance” for a lifetime!
If you wish for any further information on any aspect of your child’s dental and oral health, please call us at 770-884-7151 or visit us on the web at www.HiTechSmiles.com. We’d be happy to help in any way we can!
We also like to do a complimentary first visit that we call a “happy visit” where the child accompanies their parent or sibling to their dental appointment. No work is done on the child at this visit but he or she rides the chair, plays with the air water hand piece experiencing the dentist’s office and meeting the dentist for the first time in a non-threatening way. This will make them less anxious on their “real” first visit.
Note your child may not remember their first visit to the dentist, if they were a baby or toddler. So we encourage you to bring them with you while you have your teeth cleaned and examined. They will be able to observe first hand what the hygienist or the dentist is doing in your mouth. We can also answer any questions they may have during your appointment.
By Dr. Ushma Patel with Center for Advanced Dentistry
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