February is National Children's Dental Health Month


National Children’s Dental Health Month is meant to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.  Why is this type of celebration—and year-round attention to children’s dental health--important?

Despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. The good news is there are safe and effective preventive measures that can protect teeth. Good oral hygiene practices such as thorough brushing with a fluoride toothpaste can help keep children from getting cavities. In addition, dental sealants and community water fluoridation are two other strategies that can h​elp prevent tooth decay.

Whether you’re a health professional, teacher, or parent, NIDCR has free health education materials you can use for National Children’s Dental Health Month events.



A Healthy Mouth for Your Baby

This easy-to-read brochure is for parents with infants or toddlers. It explains why baby teeth are important, gives tips on how to prevent early childhood tooth decay, and promotes the age 1 dental visit.  Also available in Spanish and for American Indians and Alaska Natives.


Seal Out Tooth Decay

Seal Out Tooth Decay

This brochure is for parents of children ages 6-14. It explains what sealants are and why they're important for protecting teeth from decay. It also has a step-by-step description (with pictures) of how sealants are applied to teeth. Also available in Spanish.



What lives inside your mouth

 What Lives Inside Your Mouth?

For children in grades 1 and 2, this video explains how bacteria in our mouths use sugars in food to produce acids that attack tooth enamel and cause tooth decay. Also available in Spanish.


What keeps your mouth healthy

What Keeps Your Mouth Healthy

This video tells children in grades 1 and 2 what they can do to prevent tooth decay. Also available in Spanish.




Open Wide and Trek Inside

For use with students in grades 1 and 2, this curriculum supplement focuses on oral health and the science of the oral environment.  Includes educational videos and games (in English and Spanish).​​​​

Last Reviewed
July 2018