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For the sixth year in succession, the American Dental Association (ADA) has kicked off February - the National Children's Dental Health Month - with its national health outreach event, the ADA Give Kids A Smile campaign.
The event provided around 500,000 underserved children with free dental services across 2,000 sites in the US.
Clinics were put on by 51,000 dental professionals and included education and treatment such as cleaning, fluoride treatments and cavity fillings.
It is hoped that the initiative will help to underline the importance of good dental care - especially among children, where tooth decay is rising.
"Oral health is such an important part of a child's overall good health, and yet it can be overlooked in young children," commented ADA president Mark J Feldman.
"Good oral health practices should begin with an introductory dental visit before a child's first birthday. Children's teeth are meant to last a lifetime."
Mr Feldman also stressed the importance of a healthy, balanced diet and said a dental visit should also be arranged within six months of the eruption of the first tooth.
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