History of NCDHM
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month(NCDHM) This began as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 3, 1941. Since 1941, the observance has grown from a one day event into a nationwide program. NCDHM messages reach thousands of people in communities across the country and at numerous armed services bases.Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials will reach millions of people in communities across the country.
“Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile”
“Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile” is the theme for the 2017 campaign that will bring together thousands of dentists, dental team members, health professionals and teachers to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and their caregivers. For 2017, the message, “I love tap water,” is part of the theme, highlighting the value of drinking tap water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. Those residing in areas where community water is fluoridated have the added benefit of drinking water that helps prevent tooth decay. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.