Back to School with a Healthy Smile
For the Dentists
For the Public
This July 31, 2013 the ODA has planned a state-wide event called “Back to School with a Healthy Smile” to help combat poor oral health among Oklahoma children. Dentists across the state are signing up to provide free dental exams at their individual offices to elementary school children in hopes that they can help parents gain knowledge about their child’s current dental health.
“It is important to start the year off on the right track, when it comes to your child’s routine dental care,” Dr. Timothy Fagan, ODA President said. “Since my specialty is in pediatric dentistry, this cause is especially close to my heart. I believe that it is important for all children to have a dental home and visit the dentist biannually for a checkup. I hope this program will not only help elementary school children and their parents become more aware of their oral health, but also facilitate change all across Oklahoma and even grab the attention of legislators.”
The Oklahoma Dental Association and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend that children visit the dentist at least twice a year for a dental exam and a dental cleaning. Why is that so important? According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s report, dental decay is among the most prevalent of all childhood diseases, second only to the common cold. Early detection of tooth decay is vital so that your child’s teeth will remain healthy, thereby reducing emergency visits to the dentist, avoiding unnecessary pain, and keeping treatment costs low. Left untreated, decay can worsen – causing significant tooth pain, eating problems and can even prevent children from focusing well in school.