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Posted on: February 6, 2019

February is National Children's Dental Health Month

Dental Hygienist Chris Orwig, RDH, screens a student at Andrew Jackson Elementary School.

JACKSON, Tenn. – The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department will observe National Children’s Dental Health Month throughout February. 


The 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.”


The dental 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.


Our dental 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.


The American Dental Association offers the following tips for maintaining a healthy smile. 

·         Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

·         Clean between your teeth daily. 

·         Eat a healthy diet that limits sugary beverages and snacks.

·         See your dentist regularly for prevention and treatment of oral disease. 

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