The event itself has originated in Cleveland, Ohio. Initially, in the 1930s, the association only celebrated a day regarding national children’s dental health. But in the 1950s, this celebration was converted into a one-week-long event where activities were made to spread awareness of the cause. Since in those times, dental health was not given much attention. Afterward, in the 1980s, the week-long event was converted into a month-long awareness campaign. Ever since then, the campaign has been working with flying colors.
For this, the governing body allowed the flag bearers of the cause to add a negligent amount of fluoride in the water that passed throughout the state. This helped to decrease the number of people coming in for dental issues. This shows the appreciation the movement received while being such a small and insignificant notion at the time.
Even today, good quality water contains a small amount of fluoride, which helps to keep dental hygiene intact. It is imperative to take care of children’s dental health because it can cause severe pain and bleed, which can disturb the eating habits of children. In the growing stages of children eating healthy food and more food to grow is extremely important, but due to having bad dental health, they might not eat properly or at all, which can hinder their growth. A survey was conducted, and almost 20% of children from ages 5 to 11 have at least one untreated infected gums or tooth.
Some of the main highlights of National children’s dental health month: