February is National Children’s Dental Month & we celebrate all winter long! To teach kids about dental health, we visit over 2500 students in Ocean County! Our team of pediatric dental health specialists visits with girl scouts, boy scouts, preschools, nursery schools, elementary schools and Head start to give them a fun & educational lesson on caring for their teeth. The teachers and the children enjoy our interactive sessions and the goodie bags with toothbrushes, educational materials & stickers. If you are a teacher or own a preschool, feel free to reach out to us to schedule a class.
In February, we also hosted our 10th annual Give Kids A Smile Day! The first Friday of February each year is a national event when participating offices provide FREE dental care. This program gives underprivileged children the dental care they deserve and allows us to reach out to our community. Each year we strive to treat 100 kids for FREE! Many families with NO dental insurance or with state plans are so appreciative of the opportunity to receive quality FREE dental care! We send out notices to school nurses, preschools, and pediatricians to spread the word about our day of FREE care. The community rallies around this event and we have received recognition from the Mayor Of Toms River, The Ocean County Health Department, and the New Jersey Dental Association.
Our efforts to educate children and their families are to help prevent cavities and promote proper oral health. Dental caries are caused by a breakdown of the tooth enamel. This breakdown is the result of bacteria on teeth that breakdown foods and produce acid that destroys tooth structure and results in tooth decay.
Although dental caries are largely preventable, they remain the most common chronic disease of children aged 6 to 11 years and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years. Tooth decay is four times more common than asthma according to the CDC–Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
We look forward to meeting you and your family!
YOUR CHILD DESERVES A PEDIATRIC DENTAL HOME!
– Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
– Clean between your teeth daily with floss
– Eat nutritious and balanced meals and limit snacking/sipping
– Professional cleanings and oral examination 2X a year
– Ask about fluoride & dental sealants