This month is a national health observance that brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, teachers, and many others.
In honor of this month’s initiative and to increase awareness of Children’s Dental Health Month, The Dinker Foundation and Integrity Dental Services have donated dental health kits to demonstrate proper brushing techniques for J Allen Axson Elementary School in Jacksonville, Florida. The kits pictured are made to demonstrate how plaque is built up, proper tooth brushing techniques, and on a more extensive, more visible display set of teeth.
“Working with The Dinker Foundation and Integrity was a pleasure!” said Mrs. Finkling, a teacher at J. Allen Axson Elementary. “Showing visual examples of proper brushing was so helpful; hands-on activities are great to get the message across to the students.”
This year’s Children’s Dental Health key topic is increasing the awareness of getting sealants on permanent molars to reduce the risk of decay. In fact, sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars.
Sealants are especially important when it comes to your child’s dental health. In October 2016, the Centers for Disease Control released a report on the importance of sealants for school-aged children, of which only 43% of children ages 6-11 have. According to the CDC, “school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.”
Here is a link to print out posters for classrooms from the ADA on sealants and a Spanish version here.
Integrity Dental Services is a National Dental Laboratory with laboratories in Atlanta, Georgia, Scottsdale, Arizona, and LaGrange Georiga. They are servicing dentists, dental networks, prosthodontists, and Implant specialists nationwide.