Miami, FL (PressExposure) February 26, 2012 -- For Immediate Release:
Sixteen million American children suffer from tooth decay. In an effort to promote healthier teeth in children and teens, the American Dental Association, the ADA, sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month [http://miamiorthodontist.com/2012/02/15/orthodontics-only-is-a-proud-sponsor-of-children%E2%80%99s-dental-health-month/] every February. Miami orthodontist Dr. Derek Sanders is proud to support the ADA's efforts to teach children healthy dental hygiene habits that will last a lifetime.
According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 80% of the cavities are found in just 25% of the youth population. This is a clear indicator that certain groups of children are missing out on vital dental care and information about proper preventative home care. The ADA hopes that National Children's Dental Health Month will help to reverse that trend and promote healthier teeth in children nationwide. According to the ADA, twice as many children under 18 lack dental insurance as lack medical insurance. In response to this, the ADA sponsors a program called Give Kids a Smile as part of National Children's Dental Health Month. Dental health professionals across the country come together to provide underserved populations of children with access to free or low cost dental health care, information about good oral hygiene, and fun materials to get kids interested in caring for their teeth.
Miami orthodontist Dr. Derek Sanders of Orthodontics Only specializes in children's orthodontics in South Florida. He has seen firsthand the dental disease caused by inadequate oral hygiene or lack of dental care. This is why he is a proud member of the 40,000 dentists and teams who participate in the ADA's Give Kids a Smile Program, serving about 450,000 kids and spreading information to millions. These efforts are impressive, but according to ADA President Dr. William R. Calnon, "...we all know that the real celebration can't begin until the epidemic of untreated dental disease is cured,".
In support of National Children's Dental Health Month, Miami orthodontist Dr. Sanders has posted fun activities for children on his blog. He encourages the parents of his children's orthodontics patients to download the free games to share with their kids. The goal of the ADA and their Give Kids a Smile program is to make dental care "cool" so that kids will be more motivated to take care of their teeth. In addition, oral health providers, teachers, and school nurses across the U.S. are working together to teach children and their parents the proper steps to protect their smiles from tooth decay. The ADA stresses the importance of brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and eating a healthy diet rich in teeth-friendly foods. Dr. Sanders recommends that parents start taking their children for routine dental care at the earliest possible age to get them off to the best possible start.
Miami orthodontist Dr. Sanders specializes in providing both adult and children's orthodontics. In an effort to make high quality orthodontic care available to everyone, Dr. Sanders offers free initial consultations to Miami Invisalign patients. In addition, he is proud to extend interest-free financing for Invisalign patients, with affordable down payments and low monthly payments. Patients seeking children's orthodontics in Miami can contact Dr. Sanders at his modern office to schedule their free consultation by calling (305) 598-3384. To learn more about National Children's Dental Health Month, visit the blog on his website http://www.miamiorthodontist.com.