Tooth decay, or cavities, is the most common disease of childhood according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. In fact, prior to the pandemic, tooth pain was the number one reason children missed school. 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. As dental offices transition back to regular office hours, it may be difficult to obtain appointments. Please be vigilant in pursuing an appointment for everyone in the family. 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 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 a live, virtual format. Additionally, our Healthy and Strong Teeth mini-lesson is available to your family at anytime through our Virtual Learning Center! For additional information regarding oral health, please visit MouthHealthy, brought to us by the American Dental Association.