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Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
|Poonam Alaigh, MD, MSHCPM, FACP|
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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services is urging parents to ensure their children are polishing up on their tooth brushing skills, and maintaining good oral hygiene in order to have a lifelong healthy smile!
“Over 50 percent of children ages 5-9 have at least one cavity or filling,” said Dr. Poonam Alaigh, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. “We hope that by raising parental awareness of the importance of brushing we will reduce the incidences of cavities and improve oral health in children.”
Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in children. It is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times as common as hay fever.
Here are some preventive measures:
“It’s never too early to instill in children the benefits of good oral hygiene. By building the proper foundation of dental care, parents can set the stage for a lifetime of healthy smiles,” noted Alaigh.
The Department maintains a Children’s Oral Health Education program that provides oral health and hygiene education to school age children throughout the state. Working with school nurses and classroom teachers, the Department funds a voluntary school-based fluoride mouth rinse program and conducts a variety of age appropriate activities that emphasize the importance of good oral hygiene, healthy food choices, prevention of oral injury, tobacco cessation and oral cancer awareness.
“The Children’s Oral Health Program has a successful 30 year history of providing for the oral health and hygiene education needs of
To raise greater awareness of the importance of practicing good oral hygiene, Dr. Alaigh will join the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center on February 4 at 9:30 am for a “Give Kids a Smile Day” celebration. This event will take place at the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center at
For more please visit the Children’s Oral Health Education program.
Visit the CDC for more facts about children and oral health.
Department of Health
P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360