Teeth. Chompers. Pearly whites. Call them what you wish, our teeth are more than just a means for eating and providing the framework for a great smile. The mouth (and all that’s in it) is well-connected to the rest of our bodies, and failure to care for these parts can lead to heart disease, respiratory infections and diabetic complications. By getting started on proper oral health routines from an early age however, we can impress upon our youngsters the value of maintaining dental hygiene.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM), a program created by the American Dental Association, along with the ADA Foundation. Since its inception in 1941, the observance has grown into a month-long nationwide program with the goal of raising awareness about the importance of oral health. On the Worldways front, we understand that oral health makes a very important contribution to people’s overall well-being. In addition to the many physical health problems that are linked to poor oral health are the emotional consequences across the life span, measured in such factors as pain, social acceptance, and monetary cost.
Unfortunately, many in non-dentistry related health professions fail to think of oral health care as being part of integrated health and wellness. In addition, those of lower literacy, lower income and minority families do not see proper oral health care as a crucial part of their overall health. Working with the state of Delaware’s Bureau of Oral Health, we will be striving to get all Delawareans to see the importance of achieving great dental health behaviors through online and offline resources. Does your organization need help tackling a lesser known health issue? Tell us about it here!