Connecticut State Dental Association Provides Tips for Keeping Children’s Teeth Healthy
The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) reminds residents that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. February 1st marked the beginning of the 75th National Children’s Dental Health Month. This celebration brings together thousands of dental professionals, healthcare providers and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and families.
“Children need strong, healthy teeth to chew food, speak properly and have a healthy looking smile,” stated Dr. William Nash, President of the CSDA. “National Children’s Dental Health Month is the perfect time to remind parents the importance of good oral health starting at a young age.”
Throughout National Children’s Dental Health Month, messages about the importance of dental health for children reach thousands of people in communities across the country. Local observances often include displays of posters for children and teenagers provided by the American Dental Association, coloring and essay contests, health fairs, free dental screenings through Give Kids a Smile events, and classroom presentations by dentists and dental office tours.
The mouth is the initial point of contact with nutrients, so the food a child consumes impacts both their overall physical health, as well as the health of their teeth and gums. In fact, poor nutrition often shows up first through oral health problems. Bringing a child to see a dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than their first birthday will set them up for a lifetime of good oral health.
For more information about pediatric dental health visit the CSDA website at www.csda.com.
About Connecticut State Dental Association
The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) has approximately 2,670 members including dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants. As the trusted leader and voice for oral health care in Connecticut, the CSDA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1864. For more information about the CSDA, visit the Association's Web site at www.csda.com.