"Live. Love. Smile."
The month of February often brings thoughts of chocolate valentines and candy hearts each year. To counter these sugary treats, the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) I-Smile Dental Home Initiative hopes this month also marks a time of renewed commitment to children’s oral health. Designated by the American Dental Association as National Children’s Dental Health Month, February is a great time to get young ones excited about taking care of their smiles. “Find ways to make brushing and flossing each day more fun,” said IDPH Public Health Dental Director, Dr. Bob Russell. “The steps you take today with your kids to encourage regular brushing and flossing can lead to lifelong healthy habits.”
The I-Smile program also recommends that all children see a dentist by their first birthday. Visiting the dentist by age 1 provides an opportunity to prevent cavities early and talk to parents about caring for a young child’s teeth. Twenty-four I-Smile coordinators are available statewide to assist families with finding dental care in their local area and can provide tips and education on how to keep a child’s smile healthy.
Throughout February, the I-Smile program will be promoting National Children’s Dental Health Month in communities around the state using the theme “Live. Love. Smile.”
For more information on the I-Smile Dental Home Initiative, visit www.ismiledentalhome.iowa.gov. You can also join I-Smile on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ISmileDentalHomeInitiative.