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Seventh Annual "Share Your Smile with Alabama" Photo Contest

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is excited to announce the seventh annual “Share Your Smile with Alabama” statewide photo contest, giving the opportunity for Alabama parents and guardians to showcase their child’s smile. The contest is limited to third-grade students in public or private schools, and children ages 8-10 years in home school. Two grand prize winners --- one boy and one girl --- will be selected by the ADPH Bureau of Family Health Services.

Visit Share Your Smile with Alabama for details.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and the Mitchell Cancer Insitute in collaboration with the Oral Health Office would like to remind you to Watch Your Mouth! Take action to prevent oral cancer by performing your own 7-step self-exam in between dental visits. For more information on oral cancer screenings, visit the National Cancer Institute. For more resources on the #WatchYourMouth Campaign, visit Oral Health Education.

The American Cancer Society estimates that about 53,260 people will be diagnosed this year with oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers, including tonsil cancer. In the PSA below, Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, encourages Alabamians to have regular health check-ups and screenings with dentists.

Watch it on YouTube. Watch the longer version where Dr. Bronner discusses his cancer diagnosis and experience.

Count the Kicks Training: Oral Health and Prenatal Care Go Hand in Hand

Count the Kicks is an evidence-based stillbirth prevention campaign focusing on educating expectant parents on the importance of tracking fetal movement in the 3rd trimester. By connecting the dots between good oral healthcare in pregnancy and stillbirth prevention with your patients, you can reach more expectant parents with evidence-based information.

We are proud to announce that you have access to a FREE Count the Kicks training endorsed by the Alabama Dental Board. The Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama has approved 2 hours of CE for watching the Count the Kicks training video, reviewing the material in the Resources section of the training, and completing a short Review Survey. The Oral Health Office of the Alabama Department of Public Health is excited to provide the CEs at no cost to Alabama licensed dentists and hygienists.

October is National Dental Hygiene Month

National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM) is kicking off, with its continuation of last year's family-focused theme "A Healthy Smile Lasts a Lifetime." Every week in the month of October is dedicated to a different event, each one celebrating various aspects of dental hygiene - from the dental hygienist to community service!

The American Dental Hygienists' Association is encouraging dental hygienists and other dental professionals and supporters across the country to get involved with NDHM this October to increase public awareness of the oral health - total health connection and the importance of educating the entire family on situations which impact their oral health.

It is imperative to start early with a daily oral care routine to help prevent cavities and periodontal disease. NDHM is the perfect time to spread that message even more - while celebrating the profession of dental hygiene!


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Page last updated: October 20, 2023