“Children’s teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and a healthy smile is important to a child’s self esteem. With proper care, a balanced diet and regular dental visits, their teeth can remain healthy and strong,” – Dr. Joseph C. DiSano, DDS
Children’s Dental Health Day was originated by the American Dental Association in 1949. In 1955, it became Children’s Dental Week, and in 1981 it became a month-long program known as National Children’s Dental Health (NCDH) month. National Children’s Dental Health month is important to help educate and bring awareness to children, parents, teachers, and health providers of the importance of keeping children’s smiles healthy. Establishing good home care habits at an early age is the key to maintaining good oral hygiene. The South County Smiles team has a comprehensive understanding of this and strives to encourage these habits early and make it a fun part of the child’s daily routine.
In accordance with this, South County Smiles reached out to local Preschools and Elementary Schools so they may come lead an activity designed to enhance young children’s understanding of their Oral Health and the proper care for their teeth.
During the program, dental professionals helped children learn essential oral health topics including: why we need teeth, how teeth help us do things better, characteristics of teeth, the number and purpose of baby (primary) teeth, sets of teeth in a lifetime, permanent teeth, keeping our bodies and teeth clean, brushing teeth, flossing teeth, toothbrushes, what plaque is, how plaque contributes to cavities, good nutrition, why it is important to visit your dentist, the dentist’s office, the dental team, and the dental exam.
Emphasis was placed on appropriate ways to care for teeth and regular dental examinations and how the dentist is their friend to assist in the care of their teeth. We had such a great time visiting the school and interacting with the kids and the kids really seemed to have a blast as well!
A special thank you to all the participating schools!!!