Tooth decay is the #1 chronic childhood disease in the U.S. In fact, more than 17 million children are affected by this preventable disease.
Left untreated, tooth decay can have serious consequences for children including pain, malnutrition, emergency surgery, life-threatening infections and even the loss of a young life.
However, tooth decay is largely preventable! By following a few simple rules and practicing good hygiene habits, you and your children can fight off harmful bacteria and plaque. Be sure to brush for two minutes, two times a day; floss one time a day; rinse with water or mouth wash (children 6+); and repeat every day! Check out some more Tips from the ToothFairy to learn how you can take care of your smile.
Also, February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! Help NCOHF spread the word about the importance of maintaining good dental hygiene. Here are just a few ways you can get involved:
- Host a Smile Drive! Smile Drive ensures that children in need in our communities receive access to vital oral hygiene products to take care of their smiles.
- Learn how you can start your own community project by checking out our Oral Health Project Guidebook.
- Spread the word on social media! Our social media toolkit has several infographics to get you started. Be sure to follow America’s ToothFairy on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
With your help, we can knock out tooth decay and ensure that all children have happy and healthy smiles!