National Children's Dental Health Month
By Staff Sgt. Heather Cirilli, 341st Medical Group Operational Medical Readiness Squadron
/ Published February 23, 2021
MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. -- Every year dental clinics around the nation celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month.
Malmstrom’s Dental Clinic will be reaching out to your children to teach them the importance of maintaining good oral health. Our dental teams will be presenting information on the importance of brushing, flossing and dietary prevention.
The locations will be determined based on state and local guidelines in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The clinic has requested to present at Loy Elementary School, Chief Joseph Elementary School, the Child Development Center, Library and Youth Center. Our goal is to present the last week of February 2021.
During this time, we ask parents to stay vigilant with their children’s oral care.
We recommend having children brush their teeth for two minutes in the morning, in a circular motion, followed by a children’s mouth rinse for 30 seconds, if possible. Repeat this routine after dinner or before bedtime.
Children should start flossing using a floss aid at the age of three to four years old, with the parent’s supervision and guidance.
At the age of six to seven years, the child should start trying to utilize their hands with string floss. This allows them to gain better access to the back teeth.
Good news is, your child will receive a goody bag with a pamphlet inside, providing you with more in-depth instructions on oral care for children.