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National Children's Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and you can help the Michigan Dental Association and American Dental Association encourage all kids to join practice good oral health! 

This year's infographic targets the parents because adults are likely the ones enforcing the tips described in the infographic. Click the image at right to download your copy!

National Children's Dental Health Month give dentists across Michigan the opportunity to visit their local schools in to provide fun oral health presentations and toothbrushing supplies to children.  Many dentists also donate dental treatment to low income children through Give Kids a Smile events generally held on the first Friday in February each year.

The annual observance of children's dental health began as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio on Feb. 3, 1941. The American Dental Association held the first national observance of Children's Dental Health Day on Feb. 8, 1949. This single day observance became a week-long event in 1955, and in 1981 the program was extended to a month-long celebration known today as National Children's Dental Health Month.

Dental health issues cause millions of lost school hours each year and are almost entirely preventable through regular oral health care.

Classroom Presentation Resources

The MDA offers an array of materials to help members, dental staff and teachers with oral health educational presentations to children.  If you have additional needs or questions about these resources, please contact the MDA at 800-589-2632. 

Resources include:

  • Toothbrush Kit Request Form — MDA offers toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss as giveaway items for your oral health educational presentation or treatment event. Print this form and return it to the MDA with your request(s).
  • ADA National Children's Dental Health Month Resources — The ADA offers a variety of oral health educational resources including activity sheets, annual NCDHM poster, and teaching guides.

Give Kids a Smile Planning Resources

Give Kids a Smile events take place in dental offices throughout the nation. The ADA offers a wealth of planning resources to help with your event. If you are hosting a treatment event in Michigan, you may wish to use the following consent or combined health history/consent form for patients attending your event. These forms have been reviewed by MDA and ADA legal counsel. If you need additional assistance, contact the MDA at 800-589-2632.