2018 National Children’s Dental Health Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) began on February 3, 1941, as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1955, the one-day tradition officially became a week-long event. Then, in 1981, the program was extended to a month-long campaign. Today, NCDHM has grown into a nationwide program. Each February, the NCDHM messages reach thousands of people across the country. Subsequently, the American Dental Association sponsors the campaign and increases exposure through posters, coloring contests, free dental screenings, museum exhibits, and classroom presentations.

Poster for Dental Health Month

Image Source: American Dental Association

The 2018 Slogan

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! And, this year marks the 63rd year of celebrating the importance of a healthy smile. Accordingly, the campaign brings together dental and healthcare professionals to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, teachers, and more. Additionally, the 2018 slogan is “Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile.”

The slogan encourages kids to drink tap water and use fluoride toothpaste to protect their teeth. Fluoridated tap water is a healthy choice for kids that doesn’t cause tooth decay like many acidic and sugary beverages. Further, the slogan emphasizes the importance of developing healthy dental habits at an early age. Not to mention, encouraging regular dental visits helps children to get a jump on a lifetime of proper oral health.

The Benefits of Drinking Tap Water

Fluoride is often referred to as “nature’s cavity fighter” by dentists. In fact, fluoride found in public water supplies is considered to be the most cost-effective way to prevent cavities and fight tooth decay. That being the case, saliva is the mouth’s first defense against tooth decay. It washes away leftover food, helps you swallow with ease, and keeps your teeth strong. However, when your saliva supply runs low, dry mouth can put you at risk for tooth decay. Therefore, drinking fluoridated tap water can help cut that risk and protect your teeth in the future. These are just some of the long-term benefits of drinking fluoridated water:

  • It is safe, natural, and effective
  • Protects against cavities across all ages
  • Prevents tooth decay
  • Saves money in dental treatment costs

NCDHM is just one of the many ways to observe the importance of proper oral health at an early age. Altogether, by spreading messages about dental health, children can learn to protect their teeth and gums and prevent tooth decay. And, for more ways to prevent cavities, check out our helpful tips.