Valley marks Children’s Dental Health Month

ST. JOHN VALLEY, Maine — February is National Children’s Dental Health month. This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health for children, their caregivers, parents, grandparents, teachers and many others.

The St. John Valley Oral Health Stakeholders Committee (Fish River Rural Health, Aroostook County Action Program, MSAD #27, and Maine Families Aroostook) reminds parents that their children can avoid cavities. A balanced diet, limiting snacks, brushing and flossing each day and regular check-ups are the keys to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Dental sealants are also a great way to help protect a child’s teeth. Dental sealants form a protective barrier that helps prevent bacteria from causing tooth decay. Interested parents should ask their family dentist about sealants.

Fish River Rural Health is once again participating in the American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile Day, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Dental Clinic. This is a free program for children who do not have dental insurance. Parents of children from the first tooth up to 17 years of age can call Lana at 444-5973 to schedule an appointment for a free dental cleaning, fluoride varnish and exam.

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