National Children’s Dental Health Month kicks off Feb. 1

Each February since 1981, in observance of the ADA’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, dental professionals, health care providers and other community members come together to help promote the benefits of good oral health to children, parents, caregivers, teachers and others in communities and many service bases across the U.S.  

Local dental societies can participate by planning any number of activities, from offering dental health screenings and giving school presentations to organizing coloring or essay contests and sponsoring a display at the local library. Suggested activities and ideas to assist with publicity efforts are available in the downloadable 2018 NCDHM Program Planning Guide available on the ADA’s website.

“Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile” is this year’s slogan, and local dental societies can help share this message through free downloadable posters, available in both English and Spanish and in two sizes up to 11 inches by 17 inches. Packs of posters (25 posters per pack) may also be ordered online at no cost from the “Patient Education” section of the ADA catalog. These double-sided 12-by-18-inch posters are printed in both English and Spanish.

“Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good oral health throughout life,” states the ADA’s NCDHM fact sheet. By participating in the annual celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, dental team members and others can help foster these good habits.

Learn more about National Children’s Dental Health Month and find additional resources to help promote it.


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