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National Children’s Dental Health Month

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 @ 07:02 PM Karen Jean Matsko Hood

Greetings to all my family and friends and those who simply like to read blogs. Today is February 1, 2011, the beginning of a new month. Each month I plan my new resolutions to have a more productive and peaceful month. Today is no exception.

Today is also the beginning of National Children’s Dental Health Month. The entire month is devoted to promoting children’s dental health, which is extremely important for the overall healthy growth and development of any child. Since my husband is a dentist and devoted to helping children, he wants to make sure that everyone takes the time to call their family dentist and make an appointment for their children. Remember, if you haven’t made an appointment for them since school started, now is the time. Be sure and ask your dentist about the latest protocol in giving children x-rays, fluoride, and any type of dental treatment. To make sure your visit to the dentist is pleasant, avoid using any negative words when taking your child to the dentist. As a  resource to help parents with this, I developed an activity and coloring book, Adventures of My Dentist and the Tooth Fairy, which introduces children to the fundamentals of healthy teeth and mouth: fluoride, toothpaste, and brushing.

If you need any more information, please visit my husband’s dental blogs: Dr. James G. Hood’s Blog and Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley Blog. He is constantly adding information that is helpful about the dental industry.

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On February 8, 1949, the American Dental Association (ADA) held the first national observance of Children’s Dental Health Day. This was only a one-day observance. In 1955 the observance was lengthened to a week-long event. Then in 1981, the program was extended to a month-long celebration known today as National Children’s Dental Health Month. February was the month chosen to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Through the efforts of the American Dental Association, National Children’s Dental Health Month messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across the country.

To continue this education, the ADA has free online coloring and activity sheets that can help you as a parent teach your child about good dental health in a fun, entertaining manner. Click here to access these coloring and activity sheets.

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