Child Health Day is observed in the United States every first Monday of October. The day aims to raise the people’s awareness of how they can develop and protect children’s health. As part of the celebration, all organizations and agencies involved in child welfare are invited to unite and take steps to increase and stimulate the awareness for the need of year-round program to develop and protect children’s health in the US.
Health professionals and health organizations across the country take part in observing this day through various activities and event. The American Dental Hygienist’s Association (ADHA) emphasizes the importance of training children early on proper oral health regimen. The association advocates good oral hygiene routines to be established as early as infancy and to be continued throughout the life of a person.
Educating Children About Oral Hygiene
Parents can start early educating their children on the importance of oral hygiene. The aim is to make oral hygiene a lifetime habit of the children when they start early. Here are some tips to practice or share.
- Thoroughly clean an infant’s gums after each feeding. A water-soaked gauze pad or infant washcloth can be used in the cleaning. It can also stimulate the gum tissues.
- Gently brush with soft-bristled infant toothbrush with tiny amount of toothpaste the baby’s teeth the moment they begin to erupt. Use fluoride toothpaste to inhibit tooth decay.
- Teach the child proper brushing techniques at two or three years old. Follow it up with gentle brushing and flossing until the child reaches seven or eight.
- Change your child’s toothbrush every three months and after each illness to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.
- Limit the children’s sugar intake by discouraging them from snacking with cookies and candies. Encourage them instead to eat vegetables and fruits. Teach children to brush after each meal and snack.
- Be the role model to your children. Show them that you brush and floss your teeth and that you eat healthy foods.