Celebrate Kid’s Dental Health Month With Healthy Habits

Toothbrush with toothpaste in the shape of a heart.

February is National Children's Dental Health Month

Did you know? According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, tooth decay remains the most common chronic childhood disease, but it is largely preventable. 

During the month of February, the American Dental Association celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month. This month-long observance reinforces the importance of oral health in children as well as helping parents with tips. Talk to your child about the importance of caring for their teeth and remember to schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist within six months of the arrival of a child’s first tooth.

Brush, Floss, Smile! 

Promote the benefits of good oral health with the following tips:

  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Clean between teeth daily
  • Eat healthy foods and limit sugary beverages
  • See the dentist at least twice a year
  • Replace toothbrushes every 3 to 4 months 

Dental Plan Coverage

All of the University of Michigan’s Dental Plan options provide coverage for two fluoride treatments annually for children under 19 who are enrolled in your plan. 

Other pediatric preventive treatments covered with no copay to members include: 

  • Oral exams twice per calendar year
  • Cleanings twice per calendar year
  • Emergency treatment to temporarily relieve pain
  • Bitewing X-rays once per calendar year and full mouth X-rays once in any five-year period
  • Non-surgical services to treat gum disease

Children’s Dental Health Resources

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