February is National Children’s Dental Health Month
Ames Neighbors North Magazine | Ames, Iowa
February 2018 Issue
The February 2018 National Children’s Dental Health Month is brought to you by the American Dental Association and Crest + Oral B. This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.
Dentistry At Somerset is helping to promote positive dental habits by sponsoring two kids’ contests – a coloring contest for ages 1-8 and an essay contest for ages 9-14. Kids’ prizes will be awarded for the top 3 in each contest. In addition, Dentistry At Somerset will make a $100 donation to each winning family’s favorite charity. For more information click here!
“In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, some of our youngest patients have come together here to share their excellent advice about how you can keep your family’s teeth healthy for a lifetime.” – Dr. Jason Niegsch
“You should go to the dentist every 6 months to keep a healthy smile. If you don’t have healthy smile then your teeth will be rotten and you will have a lot of cavities and that is not good. My smile is good and clean. Every time I see Dr. Niegsch and Abby they remind me how to take good care of my teeth.” -Kennady Hansen, age 9 on the Importance of Regular Checkups
“It’s actually fun going to the dentist. The ladies and doctors are really nice and I get to watch my shows. If you don’t go to the dentist, I know that disease and infections in your mouth can make the rest of your body sick. That’s a bad choice.” – Tyler Koehnk, age 12 on the Mouth-Body Connection
“The first time I went to the dentist was when I got my first tooth. I was a baby. Mom told me I already loved going to the dentist then! Dr. Garman and Danelle teach me to brush my teeth for 2 minutes when I wake up and when I go to bed. And floss my teeth too.” – Vanessa Mosman, age 5 on How Old You Should Be For Your First Dentist Appointment
“Going to the dentist is very important because you need to keep away cavities. If you do have cavities you need to get them fixed before they get bigger or you can lose your teeth. To help keep cavities away Dr. Niegsch and Candace put sealants on my teeth – those are like little raincoats on my teeth that keep out the bad stuff so cavities can’t even start.” – Zachary Loecke, age 9 on Preventing Problems
“You should make a routine like me. In the morning I wake up, eat breakfast, and then brush teeth before I get dressed. At night I put my pjs on, brush teeth, then say goodnights and read a book before bed. I remember because I do the same thing every day!” – Anna Mostek, age 6 on Creating Healthy Habits
“If you can’t brush right away after eating, you should chew sugarless gum instead. When you do, it creates more saliva that helps wash away leftover food. As long as the gum is sugarless, it can actually help prevent tooth decay.” – Charlie Niegsch, Age 12 on Chewing Sugarless Gum If You Can’t Brush
“I keep my teeth and gums healthy by avoiding drinks that have a lot of sugar. I like to drink water and milk. Now that I’m in braces I’m taking extra care. It’s important for me to have healthy teeth and a bright, white smile.” – Kate Spiker, Age 14 on Smart Food and Drink Choices
Dad, Dr. Daniel Garman, helps Jordyn with her advice, “Be sure to only put milk or formula in baby bottles – no juice. Also encourage kids to drink from a small cup by their first birthday. Sippy cups with anything other than water can really damage teeth, so use them in moderation.” – Jordyn Garman, age 2 on Healthy Toddler Teeth