National Children's Dental Health Month | ADHA - American Dental Hygienists Association


February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

To celebrate, ADHA is teaming up with ACT® Kids Anticavity to give parents and children the tools they need for a lifetime of success. As you know, the right dental health routine, done consistently, helps to keep little smiles healthy from the start.

Oral Health at Every Age

Educating parents and caregivers about the importance of making oral hygiene a priority at every age is essential. Any time is a good time to talk about nutrition, brushing habits, flossing and the importance of fluoride. Families that follow good oral health together are more likely to inspire children to adopt healthy habits that last a lifetime.

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To support your patient education, we created this quick-reference guide that you can use in a number of ways! Consider posting it on your practice website, email it as a follow up to appointments, or print and use it to support your conversations.

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National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) is the perfect opportunity to reinforce essential oral care practices with parents and caregivers.

The Reality of Kids’ Oral Health

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) newly released clinical report “Fluoride Use in Caries Prevention in the Primary Care Setting”:

  • Dental caries is the most common chronic disease of childhood,1 with 59% of 12- to 19-year-olds having at least one documented cavity.2
  • Caries disproportionately affect poor, young, minority populations and children living below 100% of the poverty level.1 In the United States, 25 percent of 2- to 5-year-old children from low socioeconomic and minority groups experience 80% of dental disease.3
  • Prevalence of dental caries in young children has increased between the previous two national surveys, despite improvements among older children.4

Read the Full Report

The AAP updated clinical report from the AAP Section on Oral Health, marks the first update in recommendations since 2014 and is published in the December 2020 Pediatrics (published online Nov. 30). In addition to reinforcing best pratices for oral health risk assessments in children and use of fluoride, the report includes this Fluoride Supplementation Schedule that you might find helpful.

Our Partners for National Children’s Dental Health Month

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ACT® offers a full line of fluoride-powered products for children and teens (age 6 and older). ACT® Kids rinses are alcohol-free, and available in a range of flavors – with three matching toothpaste flavors to make kids’ routines easy and fun. Plus, with the easy-squeeze measuring cup, parents can be sure their child is always getting the recommended dosage.

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1. US Department of Health and Human Services. Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; 2000
2. Mealey BL. Periodontal disease and diabetes. A two-way street. [published correction appears in J Am Dent Assoc. 2008;139(3):252]. J Am Dent Assoc. 2006;137(suppl):26S–31S
3. Tomar SL, Reeves AF. Changes in the oral health of US children and adolescents and dental public health infrastructure since the release of the Healthy People 2010 Objectives. Acad Pediatr. 2009;9(6):388–395
4. Dye BA, Li X, Thorton-Evans G. Oral health disparities as determined by selected healthy people 2020 oral health objectives for the United States, 2009–2010. NCHS Data Brief. 2012;(104):1–8
5. AMC Global tracker survey of 201 dentists and 201 hygienists, 05/2019 (#1 claim)
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