News: 'Join the Super Smile Team'
Story by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. - The month of February is National Children's Dental Health Month. This year's slogan is "Join the Super Smile Team!"
Every year thousands of dedicated dental professionals promote good oral health and healthy eating habits to our children. The 355th Dental Squadron is no exception.
Each year, we reach out to our community to educate children on proper dental hygiene by visiting the D-M Child Development Center, the Finley Child Development Center, Borman Elementary and the Youth Center.
Dentists, dental hygienists and technicians give short presentations on brushing and flossing techniques. They also talk about healthy eating to prevent cavities and gum disease and stress the importance of visiting the dentist on a regular basis. Posters, games, songs and dressing up in masks, gowns and gloves show the children that, while oral health is important, it can also be fun.
Toothbrush kits and coloring pages with fun dental-related activities are handed out to encourage the practice of good oral hygiene.
Below are some helpful tips for parents to reduce their child's risk of tooth decay and promote healthy habits:
1. Limiting the amount of sugary drinks and snacks that consume; fruits, veggies, low-fat milk and water are better options.
2. Help children develop good brushing and flossing habits; twice a day for brushing and once a day for flossing.
3. Schedule regular dental visits.
With the help of parents at home, developing good oral habits and visiting the dentist at an early age can help ensure children get a jump start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.