National Children’s Dental Health Month


February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

More than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illness.

  • 2010 6-9 year olds were surveyed in Utah – more than 22% of parents indicated that their child lacked dental insurance.IMG_0347
  • 20% of 3rd grade children had untreated dental decay.

Remember the basics…

The rule of 2 -Brush 2 times a day for 2 minutes ~ every surface of every tooth – we want to be smart brushers, not hard brushers
Flossing is not hard and is co important.  They now have fun easy ways for kids to learn flossing, using the cute flossers etc.
Parents your kids are not able to brush on their own until they are able to tie their own shoes – parents should get in there at least once a day.
Having healthy snacks available each day for children will help with oral health, as well as, overall health. Ex: bananas, carrot slices, cheese sticks etc.  Offer a healthy choice BEFORE you offer crackers or sweets.  Sugary foods and acid foods separate and together can increase risk for decay.

Additional Resources and information

Report from Surgeon General in 2000 http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/datastatistics/surgeongeneral/report/executivesummary.htm

Utah Oral Health Website  http://health.utah.gov/oralhealth/resources/oralHealthReport_2011webFinal.pdf

Get some facts http://www.mchoralhealth.org/PDFs/learningfactsheet.pdf

Where to start…

Visit a Utah Dental Hygiene School and get a free or low cost cleaning and exam.  Find one in your area (address and contact info below)

Dixie State College

225 South 700 East
St George, UT 84770
Clinic: 435-879-4900

Fortis College
3949 South 700 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84
Phone: 1-888-4-Fortis

Salt Lake Community College

3491 West Wights Fort Road
West Jordan, UT 84088
Clinic 801-957 – 6001

Utah College of Dental Hygiene

1176 South 1480 West
Orem, UT 84058
Clinic: 801-426-8234

Utah Valley University Dental Hygiene School

987 South Geneva Road
Orem, Utah 84058
(Room HP 141)
Clinic: 801-863-7592

Weber State College

Weber State University
Marriott Health Bldg.
Room 475
Ogden, Utah
Clinic: 801-626-6131

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