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OKEMOS, Mich.— February is National Children’s Dental Health month! With the help of The Super Smile Team, Michigan Dental Association member dentists encourage kids to fight for good oral health and their super smile. Developing good dental health habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Despite the fact that tooth decay is almost entirely preventable, it is the most common chronic childhood disease, five times more common than asthma. More than 40 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 11 have had a cavity in their baby teeth, and more than two-thirds of 16- to 19-year-olds have had a cavity in their permanent teeth. Right here in Michigan, more than 50 percent of third graders have experienced tooth decay. Although overall rates of tooth decay have decreased over the past four decades, decay has actually increased in preschool age children in recent years.

“Children across the U.S. miss more than 51 million hours of school each year due to dental-related issues- many of which could be easily prevented,” said Michele Strasz, executive director, School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan. “Children with dental pain may have trouble paying attention in class or miss school.”

Help your child fight for their super smile – simple preventive measures such as twice daily thorough brushing with a fluoride toothpaste can significantly help decrease the risk of decay.

“Children’s teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and a healthy smile is important to a child’s self-esteem. With proper care, a balanced diet and regular dental visits, their teeth can remain healthy and strong,” said Dr. Norm Palm, MDA President.

Learn how you can incorporate proper dental health practices in your home! Find fun and educational tools for you and your kids are available on the MDA’s website,, or the American Dental Association’s Mouth Healthy website,

About the Michigan Dental Association
The MDA works to educate the public about oral health, promotes the science and art of dentistry, and provides educational materials and services to its 5,500 members, enhancing their ability to provide quality care.

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