National Children's Dental Health Month | ADHA - American Dental Hygienists Association

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Hooray for Healthy Smiles!
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

To celebrate, ADHA is teaming up with ACT® Kids Anticavity to help keep pediatric patients smiling and enjoying a lifetime of good oral health.


Take Action to Support Pediatric Oral Health

ACT® Professional Program is conducting a survey of dental hygienists to gain insights on patient knowledge and use of fluoride as well as at-home routines for kids and their families. The survey takes less than 10 minutes, and your input will help support valuable educational development initiatives! We will share results after the data is compiled this spring.

Click Here To Take Survey


Spread the Word

The most common condition among children is largely preventable! According to the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry), dental caries/cavities are four times more common than childhood asthma and three times more likely than childhood obesity. As a dental hygienist, NCDHM is a great opportunity to spread the word about how poor oral health and caries impact our kids’ health and quality of life.

AAPD recently released their State of Little Teeth Report in 2021, which examines the epidemic of tooth decay among children. Check out the following key stats from the Report:

  • Tooth decay is the NUMBER ONE chronic infectious disease affecting children in the United States and is on the rise, but it is largely preventable.1
  • The rate of tooth decay in baby teeth of children aged 2 to 5 years increased nearly 17% from 1988-1994 to 1999-2004.2
  • By age 5 about 60% of children will be affected by tooth decay.3
  • Children with oral health problems are THREE TIMES more likely to miss school due to dental pain than children with no oral health problems.4
  • AAPD recommends taking a child for their first dental visit by the age of 1.5
  • Delaying dental care to age 2 or 3 can have a negative impact on a child’s oral health. 40% of parents and caregivers surveyed are delaying their child’s first visit until after age 2.6

Get the Guide

To support your patient education, we created this quick-reference guide that you can use in a number of ways. Consider posting it on your practice website, email it as a follow up to appointments, or print and use it to support your conversations.

Download the Guide

Our Partners for National Children’s Dental Health Month

ACT® offers a full line of fluoride-powered products for children and teens (age 6 and older). ACT® Kids rinses are alcohol-free, and available in a range of flavors – with three matching toothpaste flavors to make kids’ routines easy and fun. Plus, with the easy-squeeze measuring cup, parents can be sure their child is always getting the recommended dosage.

Visit ACTOralCarePro.com for patient coupons, savings, and samples!


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children’s Oral Health. http://www.cdc.gov/OralHealth/children_adults/child.htm. Accessed Jan. 14, 2014
  2. Dye B, Tan S, Smith V, et al. Trends in oral health status: United States, 1988–1994 and 1999–2004. Vital Health Stat. 2007;11(248):1– 92. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_11/sr11_248.pdf
  3. US Department of Health and Human Services. Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, 2000.
  4. Jackson SL, Vann WF Jr, Kotch JB, Pahel BT, Lee JY. Impact of poor oral health on children's school attendance and performance. Am J Public Health.2011;101(10):1900-6. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2010.200915
  5. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Frequently Asked Questions. http://www.mychildrensteeth.org/education/faq/. Accessed Jan. 14. 2014
  6. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Consumer Survey. October 2013.