Healthy oral hygiene habits are built starting as early as two years of age and can help ensure the development of strong and healthy adult teeth. This is just one of the reasons why the American Dental Association sponsors a National Children’s Dental Health Month each year in February. It may not be as glamorous as National Pizza Pie Day (earlier this month) or National Straw Hat Month (that’s in April). But it’s essential to raise awareness about the importance of oral health in children to inform and guide them to a lifetime of positive dental care practices with the proper resources.
That said, the Pierce County Dental Society is hosting the 26th annual Children’s Dental Health Day (DHD) on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the South Hill Mall in Puyallup from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. DHD festivities include a plethora of free activities aimed to make dental care fun and accessible for kids from infants through 18 years of age. Some basic dental care is available onsite as well, with Pierce County dentists providing dental screenings, fluoride varnish applications on the spot and referrals for care to children with special dental needs like cavities.
Even caring for your pearly whites can be entertaining, with special appearances by Steve the Cartoon Guy and Chompy the Carrot. Though carrots provide loads of minerals that help kill germs in a satisfying crunch that proves to be a natural way to rid teeth of sticky plaque, Chompy is not to be bitten but will be on hand to captivate the little ones and provide live demos on oral care.
Clean teeth mascot Super Tooth will accompany everyone’s favorite toothy superstar, the Tooth Fairy, to hand out tooth boxes that she will later collect from under little ones’ pillows when those itty-bitty teeth fall out. Plus, there’s lots of opportunity for photo opps and fun as well. Other perks of the gathering include sport mouth guards available for the wee athlete in your life and low cost bike helmets for those on the go. Safety first, kids.
Professional staff will be available at informative table clinics throughout guiding young and old alike through basic dental health education. Essentially, the entire event is produced in a way that adults can leave with their dental care inquiries fulfilled while kids can depart feeling excited about brushing and flossing their chompers, their smiling mugs adorned by one of the face painters in attendance and a fistful of a goodie bag loaded with dental swag.
This event is sponsored by Pierce County Dental Society, Pierce County Dental Foundation and Washington Dental Services Foundation.