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National Children's Dental Health Month

The American Dental Association (ADA) and the ADA Foundation commemorate National Children's Dental Health Month every February to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. The health of our teeth and gums depends on a lifetime of care and so developing healthy habits at an early age and visiting the dentist regularly is important.

While many parents wait to schedule their child's visit to the dentist until the toddler or preschool years, oral hygiene should begin since birth. A baby's gums should be wiped using a clean moist gauze pad or wash cloth until a toothbrush can be used. Regardless of age, everyone should keep their teeth clean by brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing once daily. Dental appointments should be every six months and should begin by the time a baby is one year old. Limiting sugary snacks and beverages is also key to oral health.

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