February is National Children's Dental Health Month
The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of children's oral health habits.
The American Dental Association® recommends regular dental check-ups, including a visit to the dentist within six months of the eruption of the first tooth, and no later than the child's first birthday. Preventive care such as cleanings and fluoride treatment provide your child with "smile" insurance. Routine dental exams uncover problems that can be treated in the early stages, when damage is minimal, and restorations may be small.
Dental sealants can help protect your child's teeth and save money. Sealants form a protective barrier that helps prevent bacteria from causing tooth decay. When necessary, X-rays are taken to see how the teeth are developing and to spot hidden decay.
To ensure healthy teeth as an adult, good oral health habits should be established 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 San Antonio, Southeast Houston, Tyler and Waco serve as a partner with various public and private collaborators, to help provide free dental services to pre-school and elementary school children each year. Services include screenings, X-rays, fluoride treatments and sealants. To date, our dental outreach efforts have helped more than 335,000 children; saving millions in oral health care costs. Visit our In Your Neighborhood page for information about our dental outreach partners.
Source: 2019 American Dental Association
The foundation is sponsored statewide by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas covering all administrative costs for the organization.