February is Dental Health Month! As our favorite month of the year, we like to bring dental health to the forefront through education as well as free exams and x-rays for our individuals in the community!
Did You Know...
Dental Health Month began 76 years ago as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio. The goal was to educate parents and caregivers about children’s dental health and the benefits of a healthy smile. To this day, tooth decay is still the most prevalent chronic disease among children and teens age 6-19, which makes education even more important.
This year’s National Children’s Dental Health Month’s slogan is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile,” highlighting the importance of choosing fluoride-treated tap water over bottled water to keep teeth healthy. This month-long annual observance is a chance for thousands of dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to teach good dental hygiene and oral health.
Celebrating with Area Schools
What started many years ago with a single visit to Dr. Gilchrist’s daughter’s kindergarten class has now expanded to the entire community! Several members of our staff enjoy the opportunity to teach children about the importance of good dental hygiene habits and the effects your dental health has on your body.
We offer dental presentations to 450 preschoolers at the YMCA, Little Scholars, St. Stan’s, St. Bron’s, St. Joe’s, and The Imagination Center. These visits engage kids in learning how to take care of their teeth with the help of our trusty dragon puppets Daisy, Delilah, and Duke. Children respond to these special visits and the fun props that help illustrate brushing, flossing, and more. Plus, our staff members love to get out into the community to share our passion for dental health!
Celebrating with the Community
Dental Health Month is an opportunity for Gilchrist Dental Care to offer free dental exams and bitewing x-rays to anyone in the community. Come into our office for a free dental x-ray and exam, and we will identify any problem areas or concerns.
Rest easy this month. Whether you’re an established patient or a new patient, we’re here to improve your dental health!