February 8, 2019
Happy Children’s Dental Health Month! In 2017, we released our Kids’ Dental Health Resource Guide, a comprehensive guide that instills that each sector contributes to the overall health and well-being of our children’s oral health. Now in its third year, we continue to tweak the resource guide to make it even better and easier for everyone to find the resource they need — right when they need it.
The resource guide encompasses the following local, state, regional and national resources:
- National children’s dental health campaign
- Tips for healthy teeth for parents and caregivers
- Finding a dentist close to you
- Lessons to use with students in the classroom and beyond
- Fun activities for children
- Local, state, regional and national resources
The print and digital resource guide, available on www.cabellfrn.org, provides the following:
CHILDREN: Activities, videos, phone apps
PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS: Tips for healthy teeth
EARLY EDUCATION PROGRAMS: Pre-K and in-home family education
SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS: Lessons and activities, K-12
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND FRNS: Available state resources
DENTAL AND HEALTH NATIONAL RESOURCES: WVDA, ADA, AAPA, AAP
COUNTY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH: Resources, oral health education
DENTISTS: Find a dentist, dental home, insurance, CHIP
Electronic Press Kit link:
At Cabell County FRN, we love our teeth, and this Kids’ Dental Health Month in February 2019, we’re showing others how to love their teeth, too!
Our partners at the Community and School Oral Health Team at Marshall University School of Medicine have some quick tips to ensure your child continues to have a bright, healthy smile:
- Brush two minutes two times per day with fluoridated toothpaste. It’s recommended that you help your child brush until they’re around 8 — and that’s due to the development of his or her fine motor skills. At around 8 and older, you children can brush on their own — about the same time they can tie their own shoelaces and brush their own hair.
- Once your child’s teeth start to come into the mouth, brush using a children’s toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
- Drink tap water with fluoride and eat healthy foods. Try to avoid sugar in your child’s diet as much as you can because sugar is a leading cause of early tooth decay.
- Consider using dental sealants to prevent tooth decay. Dental sealants cover the chewing portion of the tooth and are placed as soon as the permanent six year and 12 year molars come into the mouth.
- It’s also best to start your child’s visits with a dentist at age one.
Video Link: https://youtu.be/bgAOzIMp7M0
This project is done in collaboration with DentaQuest Foundation, and the Community and School Oral Health Team at Marshall University School of Medicine applauds the efforts of the Cabell County FRN as it works to empower families in our local communities. The Cabell County FRN recognizes that families cannot be healthy unless they have the proper knowledge and tools on how to care and maintain healthy teeth and mouths.
The Cabell County Family Resource Network (FRN) is a partnership of individuals, families and agencies working together to promote the well-being of children and families in Cabell County. Since its incorporation in September 1993, the Cabell County FRN has brought together a broad-based representation of partners, including business representatives, consumers, and service providers from health, education, housing, and social services. These partners are critical to improving the well-being of our families and children. The Cabell County FRN envisions a coordinated, community-based social service system responsive to the needs of families and effective in enhancing the success of individuals and families to responsibly achieve their goals.