Children’s Dental Health Month

We love children at MFHS, and are committed to helping the children in our service area grow up healthy and strong. While much of our focus on improving the lives of children is involved in careful family planning and improving nutrition with WIC, we care about every aspect of their lives, often referring to other services in the community when a need arises. One of the areas that we sometimes discuss is children’s dental health. As February is Children’s Dental Health Month, we thought now would be a good time to highlight what new parents can do to help their children have a healthy and beautiful smile.

  • Encourage your children to eat regular nutritious meals and avoid frequent snacking, especially sugary snacks.
  • Eat a healthy and complete diet while pregnant, making sure to get enough folic acid. It helps prevent birth defects and may help prevent cleft lip/palate.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste. For children under 7, use just a pea sized drop.
  • Make sure to clean infants gums and baby teeth as they get older. Your pediatrician can provide information on gentle ways to keep their mouth clean.

Helping your children start healthy dental habits when they are young can set them on the right path to a lifetime of healthy teeth.  You can get more information on how to keep your children’s teeth healthy from the CDC here.