The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) has partnered with ACT Kids Anticavity to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month this February. What began as a one-day event in Cleveland on February 3, 1941, has grown into a nationwide month of observance, the ADHA said.
This February, the ADHA and ACT are providing a free downloadable guide for dental professionals to share with parents and caregivers. The secret to oral health for life is establishing a healthy dental hygiene routine from the start, the ADHA said.
When parents understand more about nutrition, fluoride, brushing habits, flossing, rinsing, and more, they start to see that prevention is the key to success, the ADHA said. The organization aims to join forces with families to raise awareness about the importance of oral health to keep kids’ smiles healthy from the start, it said.
“Any time is a good time to talk with parents and caregivers about pediatric dental health. It’s a good reminder to lead by example since families that follow good oral health together are more likely to inspire children to adopt healthy habits that last a lifetime,” said ADHA president Lisa Moravec, RDH, MSDH. “And that’s something to smile about!”
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