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February is National Children's Dental Health Month

Published: 02/08/22

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay is one of the most common chronic childhood diseases in the US.  Untreated cavities can cause pain and infection that may lead to problems eating, speaking, playing, and learning.  Children with poor oral health commonly miss more school and make lower grades than children who don’t.  February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. 

Jefferson County Department of Health’s Dental Health clinics would like to remind parents that cavity prevention includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating a healthy diet that limits sugary beverages and snacks, and visiting your dentist for regular checkups for prevention and treatment of oral disease.  Dental sealants, the theme of this year’s Children’s Dental Health Month, are another way to combat cavities, as they form a protective barrier on the chewing surfaces of back teeth to prevent up to 80% of cavities.  

If your child is not already under the regular care of a dentist, take time this month to schedule a dental checkup.

Central Health Center
(Guy M. Tate)

1400 Sixth Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
Clinics
(205) 588-5234

Programs
(205) 933-9110
Eastern Health Center
601 West Blvd Roebuck
Birmingham, AL 35206
Programs and Clinics
(205) 588-5234
Western Health Center
631 Bessemer Super Hwy
Midfield, AL 35228
Programs and Clinics
(205) 588-5234
Hours of Operation:
All Centers are open 7:45am to 4:30pm. Phone lines for clinic appointments open at 7:00am Monday through Friday.
 

If this is a Medical Emergency call 911.
If you are a patient and need to reach your health care team after business hours for non-life threatening conditions, call (205) 588-5234. For Medical Emergencies dial 911.

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