February is Children’s Dental Health Month
It is estimated that as many as 17 million children suffer from untreated tooth decay, making it the single most common chronic childhood disease in the U.S.
- Tooth decay often leads to cavities and gum disease. When left untreated, these conditions cause pain and missed school days, and make it difficult for children to focus and learn.
- Decay and untreated cavities can also lead to tooth loss, which results in poor self-esteem and problems learning to speak and form words properly.
Regular dental visits and basic education about proper oral health care can make a big difference in the oral health of children.
All dental work will be performed by Doctor of Dental Medicine students in their third and fourth years of a Doctor of Dental Medicine program, and supervised by Roseman University faculty members who are licensed Utah dentists. Student dentists will also provide parents with education and information about proper oral health care for children.
Give Kids a Smile® is a national event organized by the American Dental Association. It began in 2003 as a way for dentists across the country to join with others in their community to provide dental services to underserved children. It was initially a one-day event in February and has grown to include national and local events year-round. Approximately 350,000 children receive treatment at 1,500 events with more than 40,000 people volunteering their time to participate.