February is National Children's Dental Health Month

Now in its 76th year, National Children’s Dental Health Month is observed annually in February with an ADA campaign that brings together dentists and other dental professionals, health care providers and educators to “promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.”

“Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile” is the theme of the 2017 campaign. Dentists and local dental societies wishing to participate in the program can download or order posters now from the ADA website. Also available are activity sheets in English and Spanish and other resources.

Plus, dentists may still join the growing number of dental team members participating in Give Kids A Smile, the ADA Foundation’s annual volunteer initiative to provide dental screenings, treatment and education at no charge to underserved children. The national GKAS kickoff takes place the first Friday of every February to align with National Children’s Dental Health Month. This year, that date is Feb. 3, but GKAS coordinators can schedule their program on any date that works best for them. Coordinators can visit the GKAS Program Planning Toolbox for operational resources such as sample forms, letters, posters and ads. Step-by-step event planning instructions included in the toolbox are especially helpful for new program coordinators.

More than 5.5 million underserved children have received free oral health services through GKAS since the program’s inception. Free services are provided annually by roughly 10,000 dentists and 30,000 other dental team members.

Dentists and dental professionals interested in participating in Give Kids A Smile 2017 are encouraged to contact their local dental societies for information on events in their communities or call 844.490.GKAS to get contact information for programs in their area.

Learn more about National Children’s Dental Health Month at ada.org. For more information on Give Kids a Smile, email GKAS or call 312.440.2547.

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