NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH
February is National Children’s Dental Health month so last month I had the privilege of participating in the ExplorAsmile program sponsored by our local dental society. For an entire week, elementary school children from central and eastern Kentucky were invited to the Explorium (formally the Lexington Children’s Museum) for a day of fun and oral health instruction. In addition to learning all about teeth and oral structures, students were treated to visits from the “tooth fairy” and given dental screening exams as part of their overall dental experience. It was quite encouraging to note that most of the kids I screened had relatively healthy mouths. I vividly remember that back in the early 1980’s, 1 out of 3 kids screened had multiple cavities, gum abscesses and missing permanent teeth. Oh what a difference a couple of decades of preventive oral health care emphasis, dental sealants, fluoridated water and general access to dental care can make. Let’s all keep up the good work to keep our children healthy. Please make sure you visit your dentist regularly during the course of your orthodontic treatment.
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