February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

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  • By Senior Airman Shaquanta Murchinson, 6th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron oral preventive assistant

Did you know that the month of February is not only Black History month, but National Children’s Dental Health month too?

Beginning in 1949, the American Dental Association began promoting the importance of practicing good oral hygiene habits at a young age. The ADA believed that all children, regardless of economic status, should have the necessary tools and education to foster a healthy oral regimen.

Oral hygiene is talked about in schools, community groups, dental offices and on military installations. With the help of parents, teachers and health care providers, millions of children across the country have been educated in oral hygiene over the last 72 years.

This year, the 6th Dental Flight won’t let COVID-19 get in our way! In support of National Children’s Dental Health Month, we have produced an interactive oral hygiene video. This video will allow us to connect with and educate children about oral hygiene virtually during the pandemic.

During the video, teachers can give their children oral hygiene kits, as recommended by the dental clinic technicians.

Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good oral health throughout life. By participating in the annual celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, members of the dental team, parents, teachers and others can help keep children’s smiles beautiful now and for years to come.

For any questions on how to establish good oral hygiene habits for your child, feel free to reach out to the 6th OMRS Dental Flight at (813) 827-9400.

You can also contact your private or civilian dentist for other educating events in the area associated with National Children’s Dental Health Month. You can also call the American Dental Association at (800) 947-4746, or visit https://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month