well-ahead louisiana supports give kids a smile
February is a month full of celebration – Mardi Gras, the Superbowl, Valentine’s Day, and more! February is also Children’s Dental Health Month, uniting thousands of oral health champions to spotlight the benefits of a healthy smile.
Give Kids a Smile is a February American Dental Association campaign that encourages dental professionals, healthcare providers and educators throughout the country to provide oral health services and education to underserved children at no charge.
Well-Ahead Louisiana has partnered with Eat, Move, Grow to Give Kids a Smile by providing dental sealant clinics in low socioeconomic schools in 24 parishes in Louisiana. Providing sealants and applying fluoride varnish are the two top preventive measures used to protect teeth against cavities!
In addition, Well-Ahead Louisiana is working with the East Baton Rouge Student Alliance Council to host an oral health poster project during February. Students at nine schools are designing posters that will be posted throughout campuses to educate students on the importance of oral care.
Did you know?
According to Louisiana's 2009 oral health screening survey, 65.7% of third grade students had tooth decay and 41.9% had untreated cavities.
Three parishes in Louisiana have 0 dentists: Red River, Cameron and Tensas!
Activities that promote Children’s Dental Health Month help to move Louisiana’s health forward. Are you interested in volunteering for a Give Kids a Smile activity? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to learn how you can partner with us! Together, we can increase access to preventative dental care among our youth.