PLANTATION, FL--(Marketwired - February 15, 2016) - "Sugar Wars" is the theme of the 2016 National Children's Dental Health Month. Throughout February, dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators will be promoting the benefits of good oral health to children and their caregivers with an awareness campaign designed to make kids of all ages smile.
Parents and teachers can download activity sheets, paper crafts, calendars, puzzles, and coloring sheets that assist kids on their quest to find hidden sugar in the foods and drinks they consume. The goal: "Defeat Monster Mouth."
The campaign to educate children on the importance of dental care began as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio on February 3, 1941. In 1981, the program was extended to a month-long observance known today as National Children's Dental Health Month.
According to the National Institutes of Health, dental decay is the most prevalent chronic disease in children.
To give kids a great start on a lifetime of smiles, and help them to understand the importance of oral health, :DentalPlans suggests that you:
- Teach children the "2x2" rule -- brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes
- Have your dentist or dental hygienist check your child's brushing and flossing technique
- Make kids aware that sugar leads to tooth decay
- Teach kids to rinse their mouths with water after consuming sugary foods or drinks
- Ensure that your child is getting regular dental checkups and professional cleanings
- Talk to your dentist abut professional treatments to shield teeth from decay
"No child -- or adult -- can keep teeth plaque-free without professional cleanings. And routine dental checkups are essential. Left untreated, oral problems such as tooth decay and gum disease can cause serious health problems throughout the body," said Bill Chase, vice president of marketing for :DentalPlans.
Thankfully, there's no need to skip checkups and cleanings. Dental savings plans make quality dental care affordable to everyone.
With a dental savings plan you can save 10%-60% on dental care for every member of the family. There's a plan for every budget and dental health need -- some plans even offer significant discounts on orthodontia (braces). And unlike traditional dental insurance, there are no annual spending restrictions, so you can count on saving all year long.
To learn more about dental savings plans, visit dentalplans.com.
:DentalPlans, founded in 1999, is a leading dental and health savings marketplace in the U.S., helping more than a million people to affordably access quality healthcare services. Our mission is to empower consumers with the tools, information, and services that they need to live happier, healthier lives.
We provide comprehensive resource centers aimed at helping people to maintain/regain optimal health, and successfully navigate the maze of healthcare payment options (including Obamacare and Medicaid.) Our independent research -- the :DP SmileMeter™ and :DP SmileIndex™ -- delivers a unique look into the consumer healthcare market. We offer user-friendly access to a wide selection of traditional dental insurance and 30+dental savings plans, along with innovative healthcare offerings including telemedicine, medical advocacy, and online counseling services. Our online plan comparison and savings calculator tools help consumers to make smart choices about essential healthcare services, and our :DP AtYourService™ customer support team leaves no question unanswered.