Â 'Give Kids A Smile Day' Feb. 3 Kicks Off Awareness Month
Â âGive Kids A Smile Dayâ
Feb. 3 Kicks Off Awareness Month
HARTFORD â The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) reminds you that February is Childrenâs Dental Health Month, as proclaimed by the American Dental Association (ADA) and its members nationwide, including the Connecticut State Dental Association.
Childrenâs Dental Health Month is designed to raise awareness about good oral health among the youngest members of our communities, our children. According to the ADA, untreated oral diseases and conditions can have painful, disfiguring, and lasting negative health consequences. Early diagnosis, preventive treatments, and early intervention can prevent or halt the progress of most oral diseases.
More and more research points to the link between oral health and overall health.
âGetting kids into the habit of visiting a dentist at an early age ingrains healthy habits that last a lifetime,â said DPH Commissioner J. Robert Galvin, MD, MPH. âEven with increased dental visits, the advent of fluoride in toothpaste and many public water sources, the chronic infectious disease that causes cavities remains second only to the common cold in terms of prevalence in children.
âA dentist â seen early and often â can provide both parents and children information to treat and prevent this disease at its earliest stages,â he added.
The ADA founded Give Kids A Smile Day to raise public awareness of what the US Surgeon General has called a âsilent epidemicâ of dental disease and to encourage parents, politicians, and people who care about children to address this issue in their communities.
Many children in Connecticut lack access to dental care, which is a critical component in achieving good overall health. This month in Connecticut, oral health providers in Avon, Bridgeport, East Hartford, Groton, Hartford, Middletown, New Britain, Norwich, Southport, Stamford, and Willimantic are expected to provide information and free or reduced cost dental services for about 3,000 underprivileged children.
For more information on either Childrenâs Dental Health Month, or Give Kids A Smile Day, visit www.ada.org or www.dph.state.ct.us.