Every year the American Dental Association celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) during February. The goal is to teach the public about the importance of oral health, especially during early childhood. The ADA has been observing NCDHM since 1941 and many offices take full advantage of its marketing potential. Here are a few ways how you can celebrate the month:
- Utilize the ADA’s Free Resources
In observation of NCDHM, the ADA provides free resources for dental practices, schools, and other local organizations to use. You can print activity sheets for kids to use while in the waiting area, print the official poster for NCDHM to hang in your office, and use the ADA’s guides on how to publicize your office. The website is an excellent source for preparing for NCDHM and for the rest of the year as well.
- Reach Out to Local Schools
The best way to teach children about oral health care is to get directly involved. Local schools typically welcome local practices into their classrooms to deliver a presentation. Elementary school kids are at an age where they can create good habits that will last a lifetime. It is also a great way to show them that the dentist’s office is not a scary place.
- Have Fun with the Annual Theme
Every year there is a new theme for NCDHM. This year’s theme is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile”. The goal is to promote drinking tap water so children can benefit from the fluoridated water. The theme allows your office to switch up how you celebrate each year and focus on a specific aspect of oral health. Each year you can host a poster drawing contest that corresponds with the theme. Young patients will love the opportunity to decorate your office with their own artwork.