Houston, TX (PressExposure) February 27, 2012 -- Did you know that cavities are not considered a normal part of childhood? Yet according to the ADA (American Dental Association) 16 million American children suffer from tooth decay, which is 16 million too many. Each February, the ADA sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to highlight the need for better dental education and to provide free or reduced cost dental care to children from underserved communities across America. Houston orthodontist Dr. Amirpavriz Davoody is proud to help the ADA promote National Children's Dental Health Month to his children's orthodontics patients in Texas.
Promoting good dental hygiene is a group effort that needs active participation from dental care professionals, parents, teachers, school nurses, and of course the children themselves. Since 2003, the ADA has sponsored the Give Kids a Smile program as part of National Children's Dental Health Month to promote better dental health among children, particularly those from lower income families. An estimated 450,000 children are expected to receive free or low cost dental care from the nearly 1600 participating Give Kids a Smile sites nationwide. The ADA reports that state Medicaid budgets allot 2% or less to dental care, yet children are twice as likely to be without dental insurance as without health insurance. National Children's Dental Health Month is important because it helps to reach those children and teens who would otherwise be without access to the dental care they need to have healthy teeth.
According to ADA president Dr. William R. Calnon, "The ADA reminds parents and caregivers about the importance of good oral hygiene habits not only in February, but all year long,". The old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure could not be more true when it comes to good oral hygiene. The ADA, along with dental health professionals like Houston orthodontist Dr. Davoody, wants to educate families on how to take better care of their teeth. The recommendations are simple: brush two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss every day, choose healthy foods, and see your dentist regularly. Dr. Davoody is happy to recommend a pediatric dentist to his children's orthodontic patients who are not currently under a dentist's care.
A key part of National Children's Dental Health Month is motivating both parents and children to take better care of their teeth at home. Dr. Davoody is pleased to participate in this important mission by posting free fun activities for kids on his blog. Dr. Davoody believes that children's orthodontic and dental care should be a positive experience, and the fun activities are a way to encourage kids to see oral hygiene as something fun and cool. Through the efforts of 40,000 dental care professionals like Dr. Davoody, the message of National Children's Dental Health Month reaches millions of Americans.
The goal at Greater Houston Orthodontics is to provide individuals with a very positive experience while providing them with state-of-the-art adult or children's orthodontics in Houston. Dr. Amirpavriz Davoody wants everyone to have the straight smile they deserve, which is why he offers flexible payment plans, family discounts, and a free initial consultation. To learn more about National Children's Dental Health month, visit Houston orthodontist Dr. Davoody's website and blog at http://www.greaterhoustonorthodontics.com/. Find out how orthodontics can improve your smile, self-confidence, and health by scheduling a free initial appointment by telephone at (713) 662-0621 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.