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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Thousands of children in West Virginia have tooth decay before they attend their first day in kindergarten. This is something parents and caregivers can prevent with good oral health habits.
That’s why the Cabell County Family Resource Network (Cabell County FRN) and its partners are promoting tips and resources this February during National Children's Dental Health Month.
- Each night, help your children to brush their teeth.
- Read a favorite book (or two)!
- Get to bed at a regular time each night.
Having a predictable nighttime routine will help children understand and learn to expect what comes next. Additionally, routines may ease the stress that some families experience at nighttime. The campaign offers a thorough approach to successful, tested tips and resources here.
“Healthy dental habits include regularly brushing teeth, dental visits, and healthy eating practices,” said Gina Sharps, oral health coordinator at Marshall University Joan C. Edward School of Medicine. “Children with healthy teeth live longer more productive lives and have higher self-esteem. The oral health of your child is important to ensure their school success, health and happiness. Children with poor oral health perform poorly in school, have difficulty concentrating, and often struggle with getting a job when they get older.”
Two years ago, in February 2017, The Cabell County FRN launched its Resources for Healthy Teeth Toolkit, and since then, thousands of children’s smiles across the region have gotten brighter.
The information in the Toolkit is compiled to make it easy to access a variety of different materials to help parents and programs promote good oral health and help children have healthy teeth and smiles for life.
“Many times, parents and care givers aren’t sure where to go for resources,” said Debra Harris Bowyer, coordinator of Cabell County Family Resource Network. “In West Virginia, 55 percent of children have CHIP and Medicaid. The WVCHIP Benefit Plan covers a full range of dental services; however, many don’t use their CHIP and Medicaid dental coverage. During 2017, the percentage of eligible children receiving preventive dental services was only 0.2 percent for infants up to age 1, 11 percent for ages 1 to 2 and 50 percent for ages 3 to 5. Families can find out eligibility and more on the WVCHIP website, www.chip.wv.gov."
“The Cabell County FRN has compiled many different topics and website links to quality information like children’s activities, ideas and tools for teachers of preschool and school age children, how parents can find a dentist and many other items. By providing a guide to resource information and promoting it in the community, we hope to increase the knowledge of these resources and the utilization of dental services and help children be cavity free."
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