National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) is an annual month-long celebration held in February to raise awareness about the importance of good oral health in children. Parents, professionals, health care providers, and educators are encouraged to participate!
This celebration—and year-round attention to oral health—is important because oral health contributes to good overall health. Children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades than children who don’t. Symptoms of poor oral health, like untreated cavities, can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning.
What Can You Do?
- Use the #NCDHM and #IESmiles hashtag on your social media pages and share NCDHM content from First 5 Riverside’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
- Visit these websites for kid friendly videos, activities, and other dental health resources: sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/health/, mouthhealthy.org, ada.org/NCDHM
- If you’re a parent, schedule a visit for your child with your dentist. If you don’t have a dentist, contact your health insurance provider or visit smilecalifornia.org. If you’re a service provider or community member, download our First 5 Riverside NCDHM toolkit to distribute to parents and stakeholders.