Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month. The observance is intended to raise awareness about the importance of children’s oral health. The 2017 campaign slogan is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile”. Because tap water has fluoride, it is very beneficial for healthy teeth. Tap water with fluoride is one of the best beverage choices for kids. Sodas, juices, and sweetened flavored waters can cause tooth decay because of the sugar content. Less healthy drinks also contribute to weight gain. Water is always a healthy choice.

Fun online activities about healthy teeth

MouthHealthyKids.org is the colorful and friendly website for kids who want healthy teeth. Parents can download the 2017 “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile” story there. Also, the site offers printable activity sheets for National Dental Health month (and other holidays too). The latest series of stories and activities features Buck and Flossy McGrinn. Joined by their best friends, these children love to be active and are always on the go! The website also has adorable printable valentines and useful information for teachers.

For more information about the ADA, visit www.ada.org.