For a relatively small movement that started as one single day of awareness, National Children’s Dental Health Month as taken on some momentum. Corporate sponsors about with gift bags, special assemblies at schools and a host of other oral hygiene geared events. All of these with an aim at educating children (and parents at times) to the importance of a set of healthy choppers. It hasn’t just been a confederation of toothpaste, toothbrush and mouth wash companies either; it has been estimated that 4.5 million children have had some dental work done in conjunction with this awareness month since 2003.
February is a great month to get activity involved in education and preventative process where your child is concerned. It is recommended that every parent take time out to participate with their child in events as they are happening. Studies show that when a parent is directly involved in educating children that the child not retains information better. Participating with your child also helps assure that they are building healthy, lifelong habits that will serve them well. Checking with your child’s school or dental office will clue you in on what activities are happening locally. Can you imagine the smile on your child’s face when they see mom and/or dad attending their school assembly with them? That is an uimpression that is sure to last a lifetime.
With all the corporate sponsorship and special events happening in February it is still important to remember that 100,000 dentists and 300,000 volunteers have dedicated time, services and materials to help see to it that every child has an opportunity to have a great smile. The American Medical association estimates that tooth decay is the number one health issue facing kids today. With an abundance of processed food and sugars it is important that children are educated. NDHM helps with this. If you are able to volunteer give your school or local dentist a call. If your child is in need of services, those same resources can point you in the right direction.
Still the other 11 months out of the year are still opportunities to educate and reinforce oral health and hygiene. Consulting your local dentist and regular check outs should be something that is done all year round. With a number of qualified dentists specializing in child dentistry in the area finding a dentist in Columbia that will suit your needs should not be as gigantic an undertaking as National Dental Health Month.