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National Children’s Dental Health Month is 71 and still has teeth

Feb 10, 2012

Many people are aware that February is National Children’s Dental Health month.  But how many of you know that this year marks the American Dental Association’s 63rd anniversary of sponsoring the annual event? 

The National Children’s Dental Health Month began as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio on February 3, 1941. The American Dental Association (ADA) sponsored its first national observance of Children’s Dental Health Day eight years later on Feb. 8, 1949. Six years after that, in 1955, the single day observance became a week-long event and in 1981 the program was extended to a month-long celebration known today as National Children’s Dental Health Month.

The 2012 NCDHM campaign brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and others around the country to promote the benefits of good oral health. The annual nationwide program is credited with educating millions of children across the country by working through schools, public facilities, community groups, military bases and dental offices.

The underlying theme of the annual observance is the importance of establishing good oral health habits at an early age and routine dental visits with a professional to get a good start on achieving healthy teeth and gums.

The ADA also is helping promote oral awareness for children with a variety of games, puzzles, coloring and activity sheets for kids to use.

Sources: American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association

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