Worcester County declares February - Children’s Dental Health Month

 Snow Hill, Md. -- Proper oral hygiene and access to dental care are critical to the health and wellbeing of children and adults. Good oral health not only affects one’s ability to smile, chew, taste, and talk, but also prevents oral cancer, heart disease and other illnesses.

The Worcester County Commissioners today presented Health Officer Debbie Goeller with a proclamation declaring February as Children’s Dental Health Month.

Parents and guardians should be proactive when it comes to their children’s teeth. The American Dental Association says it is beneficial for the first dental visit to occur within six months of the appearance of the first tooth and no later than the child’s first birthday.

Oral hygiene can begin even before a child has a tooth. Clean your baby’s gums with a clean cloth after feedings, before teeth come in. Once teeth come in, brush them with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, every day, especially before bed. Do not lay your baby down with a bottle at nap time or at night because the sugars from the milk or formula can cause decay. Give your child milk or water. Do not give your child drinks with added sugar such as soda, juice or punch. If you put food or eating utensils in your mouth, do not put them in your child’s mouth to avoid spreading germs that can cause cavities.

Worcester County Health Department’ Dental Center serves children age 20 and younger as well as pregnant women. Full service dentistry is available for people who are low income, uninsured or enrolled in the Maryland Medicaid Program. To make an appointment at the Worcester County Dental Center in Berlin people should call 410-641-0240.


 

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