Huntington Orthodontist Dr. Gellerman Celebrating Children’s Dental Health Month

Now that the groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter, it’s time to turn our attention to celebrating Children’s Dental Health Month.

Children’s Dental Health Month is a great time for children to learn how important a healthy mouth is to their overall health. Dr. Gellerman and her team usually travel to Huntington-area schools during February to share fun videos and talk about what children can do to take better care of their teeth.

While we can’t travel to your school, we can do the presentation virtually through Zoom.

What helps children have good dental health?

Good dental health takes effort, and children benefit from being reminded how to brush their teeth properly, how to floss, and what kind of foods promote healthy teeth. Sugary drinks, including fruit juices, can lead to tooth decay. Good dental habits make for wonderful smiles. That includes foods that aren’t sticky, like crunchy carrots and fresh apples instead of sticky gummy candies.

Children’s Dental Health month is all about learning good oral hygiene habits early in life. Brushing, flossing, and eating right all work together to create healthy smiles. But what many people don’t know is that a healthy smile is more than simply good looking -it’s important for general health also.

Good dental health is important for children’s health.

Bacteria in the mouth flourishes if children don’t brush and floss their teeth on a regular basis. Bacteria leads to teeth decay, which can cause cavities and gum disease. The mouth is the entryway to the body, and it’s the last place where you want to encourage bacteria to grow! Dr. Gellerman teaches children about good dental health habits, reinforcing the message that children hear from their parents. And we all know that children are often more receptive to hearing about healthy habits from a professional than from their own parents!

An orthodontic check up by age seven for children’s oral health.

The American Association of Orthodontists and Dr. Inna Gellerman recommend that children have an orthodontic check up by seven years of age. This lets Dr. Gellerman evaluate their mouth and jaw growth and see if teeth are growing in properly. Most kids have at least eight permanent or adult teeth at this time. It’s a quick visit, and it’s also free.

Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health month – give us a call for a free orthodontic checkup, to learn more about how we can create your perfect smile, or arrange for a virtual Children’s Dental Health presentation for your school.  Call us at (631) 427-8444 today!