In February, for over seventy years, dentists, parents, and children all across America observe National Children’s Dental Health Month. This all began as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio on February 3rd, 1941, and the first national observance of Children’s Dental Health Day was held on February 8th, 1949. It has since grown into a month-long celebration. Our message of the importance of oral health goes out to millions of children and adults in communities across the country, and includes such events as health fairs, dental office tours, and visits to the classroom by dentists and hygienists. Dr. Ushma Patel has volunteered at local schools giving educational programs to several children’s classes on how to take care of their teeth and talking to them about nutrition to keep them healthy.
One of the reasons for this special annual event is that many people are still unaware of the important role early dental care plays in our children’s overall health. We strongly recommend that parents take action early to ensure the health of their children’s teeth because attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good oral health throughout life.
Children’s teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and a healthy smile is important to a child’s selfesteem. With proper care, a balanced diet and regular dental visits, their teeth can remain healthy and strong.
Please make sure that we see your child within six months of the eruption of the first tooth as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), and certainly no later than the child’s first birthday. Preventive care such as cleanings and fluoride treatments provide your child with “smile insurance” for a lifetime!
Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease. five times more common than Asthma. Tooth decay is entirely preventable. Three out of every five children are affected by tooth decay. 51 million school hours are missed due to oral health problems. Every $1 spent on prevention in oral care can save you $8-$50 on restorative and emergency procedures.
If you wish for any further information on any aspect of your child’s dental and oral health, please call us at 770-884-6623 or visit us on the web at www.HiTechSmiles.com. We’d be happy to help in any way we can! We do see many children of our adult patients.
P.S- Kid’s, don’t forget to enter into our Kids Contest to win an electric toothbrush in honor of Children’s Dental Health Month!