It’s February! The month of love – for oral health! February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. All month long, dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators will come together to promote good oral health. This year’s theme is “Water: Nature’s Drink.”
Here are just some of the reasons why tap water is best:
- A 12-ounce soda contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar.
- Soda contains caffeine, known to cause jitters, upset stomach, headaches, difficulty concentrating, and difficulty sleeping.
- Think juice is less sweet? Think again: orange juice matches cola and orange soda in sugar content.
- Sports drinks are often considered a suitable alternative to water, but they contain as many as 13 spoonful’s of sugar per bottle.
- Carbonated drinks don’t fare better either, as they may be quite acidic and erode teeth – even if there is zero sugar.
- Water has so many important jobs in the body! Your cells need water to function properly.
- Drinking water after eating a meal helps to wash away bacteria and keep your teeth clean.
February is a special month devoted to children’s dental health. But we at Alameda Pediatric Dentistry promote children’s oral health all year long! Our educational outreach program, Tooth Fairy Island, is just one way we help kids learn how to take good care of their teeth and gums. Our Tooth Fairy Island visits (now virtual!) consist of customized presentations for local schools, with interactive exercises and fun activities to engage and excite kids about brushing their teeth, flossing, and going to the dentist.
Give us a call or email us to schedule a Tooth Fairy Island presentation with your school!