The American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month each February, bringing together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and policy makers to raise awareness about the importance of oral health care. Here at Dentistry by Design we look forward to it every year. And while it is always our mission to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and adults, it is great to have the added national exposure we gain throughout February to support this mission. Establishing positive attitudes and healthy habits at an early age are critical to maintaining healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime.
This nation-wide observance began over 50 years ago to help encourage good oral health habits at a young age. It started out as a simple one day event in Cleveland, Ohio in February 1941. Then the American Dental Association held the first national observance of Children’s Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949. Six years later, in 1955 the observance grew into a week-long event and finally in 1981 the program expanded into the month-long observance we know of today as National Children’s Dental Health Month.
Here are just a few of the things we do locally at Dentistry by Design to ensure all children, including the undeserved population have access to quality, professional dental care:
- Volunteer at the WDA’s Mission of Mercy – This event provides over $1 million dollars in free dental care to approximately 2,000 individuals that are either uninsured, under-insured or for some reason are unable to visit a dentist. Those in attendance receive access to cleanings, fillings, extractions and limited treatment partials on an first-come, first-serve basis.
- As a WDA Trustee, Dr. Feit meets with our senators and policy makers to advocate for ways of increasing the availability of dental care for low income families in Wisconsin.
- Provide oral health presentations at local schools and youth organizations.
- Participate in local health fairs, providing oral health kits and information.
- Participate in the 97.7fm Big Dawg Christmas Toy Drive, providing toys, toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to families in need.
For more information visit the American Dental Academy website.