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National Children's Dental Health Month

National Children's Dental Health Month

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across the country.

Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Whether you're a member of the dental team, a teacher or a parent, the ADA has free online resources that can help you with oral health presentations, ideas for the classroom and coloring and activity sheets that can be used as handouts. We also have booklets, videos and other materials available for purchase through our ADA Catalog.

Please direct all questions to ncdhm@ada.org.

2015 NCDHM Campaign

The 2015 NCDHM campaign brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and others to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and adults, caregivers, teachers, and many others.

The 2015 NCDHM campaign and materials are currently in development and more information will be available online by November 1, 2014.  Please check back at that time.  Thank you.

The NCDHM Program Planning Guide offers program coordinators, dental societies, teachers and parents resources to promote the benefits of good oral health to children. The guide includes easy-to-do activities, program planning timetable tips, a sample NCDHM proclamation, and much, much more.

  • Download the NCDHM Program Planning Guide (English PDF)

Publicity Resources

There are many ways to publicize your oral health messages, events and activities. Here are ideas that will help you get your messages placed:

Develop a list of the local newspapers, radio and television stations. Many libraries have media directories (such as Bacon's), which include addresses, phone numbers, names of editors or producers, and circulation or broadcast information.

The local phone directory is a good resource for locating news outlets. Don't forget community news or "free" papers, which often feature community events.

Press releases are bulletins that provide general information about a specific topic (sealants, mouth guards, early childhood caries, etc.) or an upcoming event, such as a dental health screening.

News articles should be typed, double-spaced, on organization letterhead or sent by email.

Good outlets for news releases include:

  • daily and weekly newspapers and Sunday newspaper supplements
  • newsprint shopping guides
  • hospital newsletters
  • library bulletin boards
  • health club newsletters
  • church bulletins
  • chamber of commerce newsletters

To download information about additional ways to publicize your program review the links below.

Fun Activity Sheets for Kids

Check out these games, puzzles, cool coloring sheets and our smile calendar. Print out the collection and grab your markers! You'll be on the road to a healthy smile in no time.

Full Sets of Activity Sheets