Tooth decay, or cavities, is the most common disease of childhood according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Children with poor oral health or tooth decay often experience pain or infection that affects academic performance, self esteem, and even overall health. Unfortunately, regular trips to the dentist have taken a back seat to safety precautions over previous months and necessary care has been delayed. Untreated cavities, for example, may have progressed during the dental care hiatus, requiring more extensive treatment. The time has come to get our families back on track with oral hygiene routines! Schedule a dentist appointment today for everyone in the family. Obtaining an appointment at many dental practices continues to be a challenge and often appointments are not available for many weeks. Do not delay. Once tooth decay begins, it cannot simply be reversed without seeing a dental professional for treatment. In the meantime, a little bit of prevention goes a long way in promoting a healthy mouth and healthy body!
- Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day – in the morning and before bedtime.
- Brush with fluoridated toothpaste for 2 minutes – about the length of the ABC song.
- Visit a dentist for a dental check-up 2 times a year. Fluoride varnish and dental sealants can help decrease the incidence of cavities.
This spring semester, MORE HEALTH will be providing dental education to students in the Tampa Bay area in person. Additionally, our Healthy and Strong Teeth mini-lesson is available to your family at any time through our Virtual Learning Center!