Studies have shown that students in the United States miss 51 million hours of school every year because of problems with their oral health. Students who are absent from school miss critical instruction time, which can lead to lowered reading skills that are vital to school success. In light of this, each February, The Floating Hospital celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness and teaching families healthy dental habits!
On February 22nd, The Floating Hospital’s Health Educators led a day of learning and fun, teaching kids lessons and games that showed ways to keep teeth and gums in tip-top shape. In addition to our educators the presentations featured Dr. Ernesto Hart, TFH’s Dental Coordinator, who emphasized the importance of:
- Brushing for 2 minutes 2x/daily;
- Using kid-friendly toothpaste and not swallowing toothpaste;
- Eating a healthy diet to keep your mouth and teeth healthy;
- Avoiding sugary snacks to avoid cavities; and
- Going to the dentist and getting help from adults to keep their teeth healthy
Developing healthy habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps families get a head start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. The Floating Hospital recommends twice-yearly dental visits for children, teens, and adults. To make an appointment with The Floating Hospital’s Gentle Dental team, make an appointment today at: 718-784-2240, ext. 159.