What it is:
National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) is an awareness program sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA) each February. This program’s goal is to raise awareness in children about the importance of oral health. Whether you’re a parent, a teacher or in the dental career field, the ADA has free online resources for you to take advantage of. Videos, booklets and other materials are all available for purchase as well. The ADA can provide you with the information needed for your next oral health presentation or ideas for your classroom.
2015 NCDHM Campaign
This year’s NCDHM campaign slogan is, “Defeat Monster Mouth.” The slogan is displayed on this year’s campaign posters, which can be found here at:
The poster features the McGrinn Twins, Flossy and Buck, as well as their friends Den and Gen Smiley and K-9 the dog. The posters depict the characters fighting against Plaqster the Monster for good oral health. Flossing, rinsing, brushing, and eating healthy snacks in order to maintain good oral health are all demonstrated in the posters. The posters can serve as excellent visual aids and talking points for various speakers and age groups.
Get Involved, Send Your Message!
There are many ways in which you can get involved and spread your oral health message to your community. The more the word is spread, the better chance children will hear the message!
Outlets to take advantage of:
- Radio and television advertising
- Press releases
- Community news papers
- Hospital newsletters
- Church bulletins
- Library bulletin boards
This is just the beginning! For more outlets and more information on NCDHM, please visit the American Dental Association website at www.ada.org
How to Care For Your Child’s Teeth
A child’s primary teeth, sometimes called “baby teeth,” are as important as the permanent adult teeth.
- Primary teeth typically begin to appear when a baby is between age six months and one year.
- Primary teeth help children chew and speak.
- Primary teeth hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are developing under the gums.
The ADA recommends that a dentist examine a child within six months of the eruption of the first tooth and no later than the first birthday.
- A dental visit at an early age is a “well baby checkup” for the teeth.
- Besides checking for tooth decay and other problems, the dentist can demonstrate how to clean the child’s teeth properly and how to evaluate any adverse habits such as thumbsucking.