The Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD), in conjunction with My Community Dental Centers (MCDC), and local dentists, reminds you of the importance of oral health. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which brings an increased focus on the importance of regular dental check-ups and a balanced diet. The slogan for this year’s campaign is “Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile.”
Fluoride, a naturally-occurring mineral, helps prevent cavities by making the outer surface of the teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause tooth decay. Toothpaste with fluoride has been responsible for a significant drop in cavities since 1960. Look for toothpaste with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance to make sure it contains fluoride.
Along with brushing your teeth for two minutes, two times per day, The American Dental Association recommends the following for a healthy smile:
? See a dentist twice every year.
? Drink fluoridated water.
? Place only formula, milk, or breast milk in bottles. Avoid filling the bottle with liquids such as sugar water, juice, or soft drinks.
? Infants should finish their bedtime and naptime bottles before going to bed.
? if a child uses a pacifier, provide one that is clean—don’t dip it in sugar or honey or put it in your mouth before giving it to the child.
? Encourage children to drink from a cup by their first birthday and discourage frequent or prolonged use of sippy cups.
? Serve nutritious snacks and limit sweets to mealtimes.
The Charlotte Dental Clinic, operated by My Community Dental Centers on behalf of BEDHD, focuses on serving persons who are enrolled in Medicaid and low-income uninsured. The clinic is accepting new patients and encourages dental visits by age one. This creates a positive experience and establishes a dental home before problems arise.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-877-313-6232.