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February is National Children's Dental Health Month

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The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of children's good oral health habits.

The American Dental Association recommends your child get routine dental exams starting six months after their first tooth appears and no later than their first birthday. Preventive care, like cleanings and fluoride treatment, give your child “smile” insurance. Regular dental exams can show problems that can be treated in the early stages, when damage and repairs may be small.

Dental sealants can help protect your child's teeth and save money. Sealants form a protective barrier that helps stop bacteria from causing tooth decay. When needed, X-rays are taken to see how the teeth are growing and to spot hidden decay.

To ensure healthy teeth as an adult, good oral health habits should be formed as a child. Celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month and teach your child the importance of oral care. Prevention is better than treatment!

Care Van® Program Dental Health Outreach

Our Care Vans in Southeast Houston, Laredo, San Antonio, Tyler and Waco serve as partners with many public and private collaborators to give free screenings, X-rays, fluoride treatments and sealants to preschool and elementary school children each year. Our dental outreach efforts have helped more than 300,000 children, saving millions in oral health care costs. For more information about our dental partners, visit our In Your Neighborhood page.

Learn more about Children's Dental Health month and download fun activity sheets for kids on the American Dental Association website third-party link icon.


Source: 2017 American Dental Association



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