February – National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM)
Every February, there is an effort on the part of thousands of dental and healthcare professionals to promote and educate about the importance of dental health for children. Since one of a dental assistant’s many roles is to educate patients, we want you to get on board and help us out.
This year’s campaign slogan, “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile,” is aimed at an effort to raise awareness about the necessity of drinking water for oral health.
Depending on where you work as a dental assistant and the ages of children that you care for and educate, here are some of the challenges that are faced on a national level:
Access to care
Early childhood caries (cavities)
School vending machines
Becoming familiar with the signs and symptoms of each of these challenges is important as a dental assistant.
Here is a link to the American Dental Association’s information page for this year’s campaign.
Stay tuned for more ideas and pointers!