How Parents Can Fight Tooth Decay Among Children

How Parents Can Fight Tooth Decay Among Children

In honor of February serving as National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM), the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), a leading authority on children’s oral health, invites parents and caregivers to fight the leading chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S.: tooth decay, also known as the Mouth Monsters.

As “The Big Authority on Little Teeth,” AAPD recommends parents and caregivers fight tooth decay during NCDHM by following these three steps:

  1. Establish a Dental Home – or home base – for your child’s oral health care by finding a local pediatric dentist.
  2. Help your child develop healthy oral habits early, by brushing as soon as the first tooth appears and explaining tooth decay in kid-friendly terms.
  3. Take advantage of the resources available on that will help keep little teeth healthy, including informative articles, practical tips and tools, and an easy-to-use pediatric dentist finder.

Founded in 1947, AAPD is a not-for-profit professional membership association representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry.

Its 9,300 members provide primary care and comprehensive dental specialty treatments for infants, children, adolescents and individuals with special health care needs.

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