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CHICAGO--“Don't Let Your Smile Become Extinct” will be the message throughout National Children's Dental Health Month in February. This message encourages children to take good care of their teeth so that they last a lifetime.
The month-long campaign--sponsored by the American Dental Association--focuses on the importance of good dental health and why taking care of one's teeth should begin at an early age. It targets children and parents, who play a critical role in the promotion of good dental habits at home.
In conjunction with the campaign, the Chicago Dental Society (CDS) is sponsoring dental activities from February 3-15 at Health World, a hands-on health and safety museum in northwest suburban Barrington.
CDS will also provide free toothbrushes, toothpaste, and educational materials to select Chicago area schools--in efforts to reach thousands of children in the area.
“We want parents and children to know that if they take proper care of their teeth--through regular brushing and check-ups at the dentist--they will last a lifetime,” said Kenneth P. Yonan, DDS, president of the Chicago Dental Society and an orthodontist in Glenview, IL. “Teaching children good dental habits at an early age will have a tremendous payoff and contribute to the child's overall health.”
Dr. Yonan explained that parents should encourage good dental habits at an early age for two important reasons: to clean the child's teeth and gums, and to establish this as a daily routine that will turn into a lifetime practice. Most children do not have the fine motor skills to effectively brush their own teeth until about age seven, or when they can tie their own shoes. Until then, parents need to take responsibility and help their child with brushing.
NCDM originally began as a one-day celebration in Cleveland on February 3, 1941. During the same year, the City of Akron, Ohio, designated February 3-7 as National Children's Dental Health Week.
With the success of the programs in Cleveland and Akron, the American Dental Association sponsored the first national observance of Children's Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949. In 1955, this one-day event grew into a week-long celebration. In 1981, the program was extended to a month-long event known today as National Children's Dental Health Month.
The Chicago Dental Society was founded in 1864 to promote public welfare through dental health education and professional services. The Chicago Dental Society is the local component of a membership association that includes the American Dental Association and the Illinois State Dental Society.
For more information about NCDM, call the CDS at (312) 836-7300.
A tradition of working for the dental profession. The Chicago Dental Society was organized in 1864 and incorporated in 1878. The objective of the Chicago Dental Society is to encourage the improvement of the health of the public, to promote the art and science of dentistry and to represent the intrest of the members of the profession and the public that it serves.
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