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National Children’s Dental Health Month

Children's Dental Health Month

In 1941, a program dedicated to the awareness of children’s dental health began in Akron, Ohio as a one-day event. In 1981, the American Dental Association (ADA) began sponsorship of the event and expanded it into a month-long campaign, now known as National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) that helps dental professionals, teachers, and other community leaders promote oral health awareness for children. Although February is the month of focus for the campaign, events and programs are held throughout the year to help children understand the importance of protecting their smile.

Give Kids a Smile Day, a program that the ADA began in 2003, is a way for dental care professionals to provide their services to underprivileged children in the community. The Give Kids a Smile program reaches more than 450,000 children each year, thanks to more than 15,000 events across the country and the help of 40,000 volunteers.

These dental health programs can help teach your children about the importance of proper dental care and make it fun and exciting all year long.

One of the programs, “Give Kids a Smile Day,” was started by the ADA in 2003 as a way for dentists and other dental care professionals to give their time and services to underprivileged kids in their communities. Thanks to more than 15,000 events across the nation and the help of 40,000 volunteers, the program reaches more than 450,000 children each year.

Teaching Children Good Dental Care Habits

You can begin familiarizing your child with daily dental care before they get their first tooth. Wipe your baby’s gums with a soft cloth after feeding. When your child is a little older, wrap a soft cloth around your finger and “brush” your child’s gums.  You can help your child pick out their first toothbrush and toothpaste and teach them how to brush when they have at least four teeth. When your child has two side-by-side teeth, you can teach them the routine of daily flossing by gently running a floss pick between the two teeth.

If you make your children a part of the experience, you can keep them excited about their daily dental care routine. Allow them to select their own toothbrush, making sure they choose a child’s soft-bristled toothbrush in their favorite color or adorned with their favorite character, and let them choose a toothpaste in a flavor they love. And remember to schedule twice-yearly appointments with a family dentist in Center City Philadelphia.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Center City Philadelphia, call Gentle Dental of Center City today at (215) 941-5634 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Center City Philadelphia. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Center City, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Center City. 

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