According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Tooth decay (dental caries) affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease.” To help reduce cavities and dental illnesses amongst children in our local community, Children’s Dental Centre of Irving has launched Healthy Teeth for Life: Summer Program, aimed to promote good oral health in children during the summer months.
The Centre expects more than 500 children to participate in the summer program, which consists of a weekly activity focusing on a different area of oral health. The Centre’s summer activities will predominately feature Sesame Street’s Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me initiative. Sesame Street’s Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me is a bilingual (English/Spanish), multimedia outreach initiative motivating children 2 to 5 years of age, their parents, and caregivers to care for children’s dental health. The initiative, produced by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, was developed in partnership with Sam’s Club Giving Program and MetLife Foundation. Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me emphasizes the easy everyday routines and good habits to keep children’s teeth, mouths and, therefore, bodies healthy and strong.
Organizations participating in the Centre’s oral health program include: YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas (Irving and Coppell locations), Cimarron Recreation Center, Mustang Park Recreation Center, Lee Park Recreation Center, Northwest Recreation Center, Senter Park Recreation Center, Hackberry Creek Country Club and Rockbrook Montessori Academy.
Dr. Reena Kuba, DDS, MS, the Centre’s board certified pediatric dentist, is committed to working with the community and parents to create a positive, educational atmosphere to get children on the right path to a lifetime of optimal oral health.
“We are very excited to continue our mission of dental education and prevention with our summer activities – and we are thrilled to incorporate the new educational materials created by Sesame Workshop and promoted by the American Dental Association, which we know the kids will love!” said Dr. Kuba.
Click here for a complete list of our upcoming oral health summer activities.