President’s Message: National Dental Health Month

We just finished up the month of February, a month devoted to celebrating a groundhog and its shadow, our past Presidents, black history, the sentiment of love, and my personal favorite health.

It is amazing that the whole month of February is devoted to celebrating dental health. According to the ADA, National Children’s Dental Health month brings together dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers, and many others. This year’s campaign was “Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile.”

I hope you and your office were able to use National Dental Health month to promote oral health and raise awareness about its importance to your community. If anyone is an animal lover like me, you will also be happy to know that February is also National Pet Dental Health month. So besides educating your patients on their oral health, you can also tell them that oral health is important for their pets too!
Our CADS New Dentist Committee celebrated Dental Health month by participating in the Special Olympics Winter Games. Our new dentist volunteers were able to screen special Olympic athletes, fabricate sports guards for athletes participating in basketball and teach oral dental health. Thank you to Drs. Emily Conley and Rebecca Montalvo for organizing this great event.

CADS Study Club had Dr. Don Taylor speak about enhancing the new patient experience. The new patient experience is also a great opportunity for you and your dental team to share your excitement and knowledge of oral health.
Promoting dental health to the community is one of my passions. As a public health provider, I feel that empowering patients to be in charge of their own oral health is one of the best gifts we can give them. I also love that this is a chance for the whole dental team to work together to promote and teach others about taking care of their oral health.

Registration is now open for the Capital Area Dental Conference with Dr. Jeff Brucia on April 27th and a hands-on portion April 28th. To register, visit www.capitalareadental.org/cadsconference.

One of the best ways you can promote oral health is to give the gift of a smile to a patient through the Capital Area Dental Foundation (CADF). Support CADF by taking on a patient or attending the Gala on April 14th at the JW Marriott Austin. For information, visit www.capitalareadentalfoundation.org.

By Ensy A. Atarod, DDS, MPH
CADS President, 2017-2018