Each February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Helping your children develop good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits will give them a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
According to the National Education Association (NEA):
Reports show that American students miss 51 million hours of school every year because of oral health problems. And students who are absent miss critical instruction time—especially in early grades where reading skills are an important focus and the building blocks of future learning. And students who have experienced recent oral health pain are four times more likely to have lower grade point averages than their counterparts who have not.
Educating parents to help their children with their oral health is important. Parents are recommended having their children brush 2 times for 2 minutes per day. Also to further help their children, the NEA encourages them to read for 20 minutes as a way of building good oral health and literacy habits. Not only for your children, but parents can also participate by brushing 2 + 2 and reading 20. By showing your child you are willing to do this, you help them promote good oral health and literacy skills.