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National Children's Oral Health Month

Protect your smile and the smile of those around you

Find Out How!

Take Care of even the Tiniest of Teeth

February is National Children’s Oral Health Month and Delta Dental of Kentucky is reminding all Kentuckians to protect the smile of yourself and those around you.

Tooth decay is the single most common chronic disease in children and can be present in a child as early as preschool.

A 2016 statewide children’s oral health survey delivered some shocking results about the oral health of Kentucky children:

Two out of five 3rd and 6th graders have untreated cavitites

X-Ray

Over half of 3rd and 6th graders do not have sealants

Sealants

Percentage of children needing dental care has increased

Toothache

Children with pain from tooth decay typically miss more school and have lower grades than their peers.

Oral Health is an integral part of child development and Delta Dental of Kentucky is dedicated to making sure all smiles, little and big, are protected and healthy!

Delta Dental of Kentucky has multiple plans available to you and your family. With the largest network of dentists in the state, we save you money when seeing the dentist, whether scheduled or for a dental emergency. For more information please click here:

Individual and Family Plans

Helpful Hints when Taking Care of Little & Big Smiles:

Tips and Tricks for Brand New Teeth:

Child 0-3
  • Clean the gums of your baby with a soft, clean cloth for the first six months
  • Once teeth come in, begin using a small soft-bristled brush to gently clean teeth
  • Take your child to the dentist by age 1 or 6 months after their first tooth appears
  • When two teeth touch, they are ready to be flossed

Rules as Teeth Come and Go:

Child 4-10
  • Supervise brushing until age 8 and flossing until age 10
  • Take your children twice a year for dental exams
  • Ask the dentist about sealants - our plans cover them!
  • Healthy meals, snacks and drinks without sugar are the best for their teeth

Lifelong Practices for Bright Smiles:

Child 12+
  • Wear a mouth guard during athletics to protect teeth
  • Encourage continued daily habits for brushing and flossing
  • Steer clear of sports drinks, sodas and other sugary drinks
  • Remind and teach about the important connection between oral & overall health