Austin, Texas- (January 30, 2021) February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, an opportunity for parents, teachers, and health professionals to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and adults.
Texas Association of Orthodontists is pleased to join the American Dental Association, sponsor of this awareness month, in providing resources and information to the community about the importance of establishing healthy attitudes and habits at an early age that will be critical throughout life.
Many people don’t realize that oral health care goes beyond just brushing and flossing on a regular basis. Especially for parents, it is important to be aware that orthodontic care may be crucial for their children’s oral health.
“Kids may need orthodontic treatment for a variety of reasons including building confidence with a perfect smile, creating a healthy bite, straightening teeth that are not properly situated in the jaw, and proper orthodontic care may even help prevent heart disease. As it is such an important part of your child’s health, we recommend finding a local orthodontist for an initial consultation at age 6-7, or at any age after”, said Dr. Catharine Borders, President of the Board of the Texas Association of Orthodontics.
As part of this month’s awareness campaign, the TAO makes available to media, teachers, and the community a series of bilingual informational articles and videos regarding how orthodontic care can contribute to the overall health and future self-esteem of children and adults. The TAO encourages the media and the community to use and distribute freely the following resources:
- When is the best time to take your child to the orthodontist?
- Why orthodontics is important for your child’s health?
- How to tell if your child needs orthodontic treatment?
- Healthy Teeth and Bones for our child: what is the key?
- Finding orthodontic help for children with sleep apnea
A member of the TAO can also be made available for quotes or interviews.
Infographic:5 reasons children should visit orthodontist TAO
The Texas Association of Orthodontists is a professional organization of specialists committed to maintaining the highest standards of orthodontic care for the benefit and well-being of our patients throughout the state of Texas. As an organization, we are dedicated to advocating for our members and providing services that benefit their pursuit of professional excellence.
The health and safety of our patients, staff, and doctors are of the utmost concern for all the members of the Texas Association of Orthodontists. We advise our community to follow the government and local authorities’ recommendations and remain informed about recent developments in your area regarding the containment and prevention of the COVID-19 virus.
You can find detailed information and advice at:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Texas Health and Human Services: https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/