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National Children's Dental Health Month

Healthy Habits for Healthy Smiles!

Smile! February is National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) - a great time to promote the benefits of good oral hygiene. Developing good dental health habits (including regular dental visits) helps children get a jump start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

The American Dental Association’s 2024 campaign slogan is "Healthy Habits for Healthy Smiles!" Visit the 2024 NCDHM Campaign website to download posters and activity sheets for kids (like a coloring sheet and a maze), many of which are available in Spanish.

The National Institutes of Health provides free publications including material on baby teeth, tooth decay, and finding low-cost dental care.

Resources for Sharing

The Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center shares free, downloadable resources that provide tips and tools (including a children's book) to help families ensure that good oral health begins in infancy, including:

The American Academy of Pediatrics (healthychildren.org) suggests that families add a dental professional as a resource to their support system, and shares articles on topics including:

Learning and Training Resources

The WIC Works Resource System features several resources for WIC staff to learn about and educate WIC participants on oral health, such as:


Updated: December 2023

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American Dental Association
HHS, National Institutes of Health
HHS, Office of Head Start