Educators understand that children learn best when they are healthy, and yet one of the most overlooked and most important ingredients is oral health. Did you know that tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic condition among children in the United States? Or that more than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental related illness?
The Oklahoma Dental Association realizes that poor oral health in children can lead to failure to thrive in school. That is why teachers and school administrators across Oklahoma are being asked to spread the word to elementary school children and their parents or guardians about a new statewide event called Back to School with a Healthy Smile.
On July 31, 2013, volunteer dentists will provide FREE dental screenings for elementary school children at their individual practices.
State Superintendent Janet Barresi is serving as the Honorary Chair of the inaugural program as part of her commitment to give each child in Oklahoma the chance to learn about healthy habits.
This program will give each elementary school student in Oklahoma a chance to start the school year with a healthy smile.
All children screened will receive results and a free child admission ticket to the Oklahoma Aquarium!
Let's give students something to smile about! Parents are encouraged to go online to www.okda.org
to find a list of participating dentists in their area and schedule an appointment.