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Tenn. – The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department will observe
National Children’s Dental Health Month throughout February.
month-long national health observance brings together dental professionals,
health care providers, and others to promote the benefits of good oral health
to children and adults. This year’s theme is “Brush and clean in between to
build a healthy smile.”
program wants to remind children to brush twice a day for two minutes. Dental
staff encourage parents to make sure their child is seen regularly by the
family dentist. “It’s important for children to learn how to properly take care
of their teeth, so they’re able to prevent decay going into adulthood,” Kristin
Bodiford, RDH, said.
hygienists will spend the month screening and applying sealants for students at
Andrew Jackson Elementary School. Staff also plan to provide oral health
education for students at Thelma Barker Elementary School this month. They are
available to provide education at other schools as time allows. “We provide age
appropriate education that’s both fun and informative,” Bodiford said.
American Dental Association offers the following tips for maintaining a healthy
your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
between your teeth daily.
a healthy diet that limits sugary beverages and snacks.
your dentist regularly for prevention and treatment of oral disease.