National Children’s Dental Health Month

  • February 21, 2024

Importance of oral health for children

As we recognize February s National Children’s Dental Health Month it is important to recognize the maintenance of oral health for children. Cavities are the most common chronic disease suffered by children yet are preventable. Poor oral health is impactful to multiple aspects of a child’s life. According to the CDC children with poor oral health miss more school and receive lower grades.  Untreated cavities cause pain, infection, problems eating speaking and learning.

Therefore, it is important for parents to enforce healthy habits to ensure a lifetime of good oral health.  Some helpful tips include:

  • Limiting consumption of candies and cookies
  • Brushing your child’s teeth twice daily
  • Serving water during meals rather than juice or soda
  • Replacing toothbrushes every 3 to 4 months
  • Monitoring your child’s brushing routine
  • Visiting a dentist twice a year for oral checking and cleanings
  • Using fluoride toothpaste for children older than 2 years
  • Considering use of dental sealants

Whittier Street Health Center offers a multitude of oral care and dental services including:

  • Preventive for adults and children (including dental sealants)
  • Restorative (Fixed and Removable)
  • Oral Surgery
  • Periodontal Surgery
  • Endodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Preventative and restorative Care
  • Dental Implants
  • 3D Printer Technology Services:
    • Mouth Guards
    • Dental Crowns

For more information regarding Whittier’s oral services, please contact (617) 989-3240 or (617) 989-3181

A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).