Don’t be mistaken, dentists love every day of every month of the year they get to fight off the cavity creeps for their trusting patients.
But they seem to favor a couple few months that really drive home the dental health awareness message.
Now that Spring is upon us here in the upper half of our planet, April gives dentists three more oral health topics to discuss with patients, team members, blog readers, & just about anyone who is willing to listen.
April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month
When it comes to identifying potential warning signs of oral cancer, dentists are often the first ones to notice any abnormalities.
Oral cancer screenings are performed during your normal six month dental checkup, which is just another in the long list of reasons to see your dentist on the regular.
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, in addition to April 13th-19th being National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.
Dentists love this opportunity to educate their patients & local communities by promoting education and awareness about how dangerous (but preventable) oral cancer can be…and they rally at the chance every time April rolls onto the calendar!
April Is National Facial Protection Month
In the United States, dentists bring the dental health message with both barrels during the month of April.
Parents, athletes, teachers, coaches, referees, umpires, athletic directors, insurance agents, school administrators, or any other participants either directly or indirectly involved with youth sports understand the need to protect our children from injury.
They all come together every April to drive home the National Facial Protection Month message.
Thanks to the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Association of Orthodontists — and our trusted local dentists for helping spread the word.
In these days when most kids under 12 years old seem to be walking around with $400 iPhones, dentists love the opportunity they get every April to mouth-off about one of the most important pieces of protective athletic equipment – a properly fitted mouthguard.
Which brings us to the last but certainly not least reason why dentists love the month of April so much…
April Fools Day!
Sure, we could have went the easy route and said a “Spring Dental Cleaning” is another reason why dentists love April so much, but that would be too self-serving for these diligent defenders of dental health.
While some of us do ring in April with a regularly scheduled dental checkup & exam – especially after the tax man drops his refund in our pockets – our third reason why dentists love this month is because there is most definitely one day in the month of April when we all manage to crack a smile…April Fools Day.
Whether it’s some timely viral video making the rounds through your email inbox or some side-splitting shenanigans, you have to admit that no matter how of a curmudgeon you are about April Fools Day, you do actually manage at least one extra smile that day.
And that’s what dentists do best…make us smile!
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+Chris Barnard is Managing Editor of DentalPatientNews.com, a patient-centric Social Dental Network blog dedicated to enabling the digital dental health conversation - and the eradication of the cavity creeps.
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