As we move into a new month and warmer temperatures, KOHC is taking time to celebrate National Dental Care Month in May. This month-long celebration is a chance for oral health professionals, parents, teachers, advocates, and community members to build awareness about the importance of preventive dental care for individuals of all ages.

During Dental Care Month everyone can take care of their teeth both at home and at the dental office. Caring for your teeth and having routine dental check-ups are important for oral health and overall health. You can practice preventive dental care at home by:

  • Brushing your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day.
  • Flossing your teeth once a day.
  • Limiting sugary drinks and choosing fluoridated tap water.

As more COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted, now is great time to schedule a check-up with your dental provider for yourself and your family. Remember that it is safe to go to the dental office for routine visits and treatment, even while the pandemic continues. When you make an appointment, you may see some changes to the office since the last time you went. Check out this infographic that outlines some of the changes you might see. It is important to remember that each dental office has their own mission and each dental office will look different as they begin to reopen. The changes implemented in dental offices throughout the state will be based on the professional judgment of the dentist and dental team in each office. If you have questions about the changes and procedures listed, please contact your dental office.

This guidance reflects the protocols from April 2020 when dental offices began reopening. We know that protocols will be evolving as more Kentuckians are vaccinated against COVID-19 and the infection rates continue to decline. KOHC will continue to share new updates as they become available.

Happy Dental Care Month!