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Member Center: Children's Dental Health Month

The American Dental Association held the first national observance of Children's Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949. This single day observance became a week-long event in 1955. In 1981, the program was extended to a month-long celebration known today as National Children's Dental Health Month.

Since 1941, the observance has grown from a two-city event into a nationwide program. NCDHM messages reach millions of people in communities across the country and at numerous armed service bases abroad. Local observances often include poster, coloring, and essay contests, health fairs, free dental screenings, museum exhibits, classroom presentations and dental office tours.

The American Dental Association produces a program planning kit for its state and local societies and dental alliances to assist them in local promotional efforts. Planning kits include a poster, planning workbook, suggested resources, reproducible handouts, and publicity information. Posters are also available to the dental societies for use in classroom visits.

To order materials for Children's Dental Health Month you can order online from the ADA. For free loan videos contact Tia Hertel at tia@sddental.org at 605-224-9133. Please keep in mind that our material is available for South Dakota dental offices and organizations only. Other states can order directly from the ADA.
For a list of free loan videos click here.



Event Benefits Children of the Sioux Falls Area

A charitable dental event hosted by the Southeastern District Dental Society provided free dental care to 109 children from the Sioux Falls area.  More than $145,000 of chartable dental care was provide by 50 area dentists and dental office staff.  An additional 50 non-clinical volunteers also helped at the event.  Major sponsors of the event include the Sioux Empire United Way, Delta Dental Foundation, Henry Schein and the South Dakota Dental Foundation.