US dentists urge parents to book dental appointments in National Children’s Dental Health Month

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Dentists in the US are urging parents to make appointments for their children to mark National Children’s Dental Health Month.

The annual campaign, which is celebrated by dental professionals all over the country, is designed to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health and encourage parents to ensure their children see a dentist at least once a year. Ideally, children should start going to the dentist regularly from the age of 12 months old.

Dental decay is one of the most common ailments in children and it can cause pain, which makes concentrating at school, eating and brushing the teeth difficult. Losing the baby teeth prematurely can also contribute to complications with the development of the adult teeth.

As National Children’s Dental Health Month gets into full swing, dentists are keen for parents whose children haven’t visited a dentist in the last six months to book a routine check-up. Dental checks only last a few minutes, and they can reduce the risk of gum disease and cavities by up to 60%, according to the Oral Health Foundation. Regular appointments also help children to get used to the sights and sounds of the treatment room.

A survey carried out by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, a long-standing supporter of the campaign, revealed that 75% of parents don’t take their child to the dentist before the age of 1.

Dental offices and community services will be hosting events and running activities and educational sessions as part of National Children’s Dental Health Month, so parents and carers are encouraged to look out for details in their local communities.

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