By Alissa Gavrilescu on Feb 22, 2018 @ 09:22 AM
It seems every other week, there’s a new social media post about the best way to parent or some new tip that’s trending. It’s hard to keep up with opinions, medical changes and that good ol’ “back when you were a child, I did…” advice we get from our parents. As you know, your child’s oral health is important: tooth decay is the top chronic childhood illness and it affects overall wellness and health. So, when it comes to giving your child a head start on a healthy mouth, you want to be sure you’re getting the right info. Here are five of the most reliable websites for your child’s oral health:
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
The CDC’s Oral Health site is an official place to find government programs that help keep kid’s teeth healthy. This site covers oral care basics, fluoride, dental plans and government programs like the school sealant program.
Mouth Healthy by the American Dental Association
Mouth Healthy covers most parts of oral health care, including taking care of your children's teeth. With tips, tricks and info on brushing, dental visits and nutrition, this website is a fantastic bookmark for any parent.
Mouth Monsters by America's Pediatric Dentists
Mouth Monsters teaches parents and kids about tooth health and oral care using cute cartoons of teeth and entertaining articles. This site takes a fun, educational look at oral health. Having your child cooperate with brushing and flossing isn’t the easiest so Mouth Monsters makes oral hygiene a fun and exciting habit. Plus, it gives parents the tools to engage children in oral care basics from the start.
Healthy Children by the American Academy of Pediatrics
The Healthy Children website to provide information on the full picture of a child's health. And because oral health impacts overall health, there’s a section dedicated to that including the basics like brushing to more advanced questions about anesthetics during oral surgery.
Colgate’s National Children’s Oral Health Month Center
Colgate’s site for Children’s Dental Health Month includes detailed info on children’s oral health from newborns to the teenage years. Covering everything from teething to braces and more, the site offers videos and tips to make oral health fun and a healthy life habit for your child.
Being a busy parent is hard but oral health doesn’t have to be. With a quick couple of bookmarks to these reliable sites, you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips to make your child’s oral health habits something to smile about.