WHEREAS, the health and well-being of all Virginians are of utmost importance to the prosperity and livelihood of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; and
WHEREAS, dental health and oral hygiene contribute to the overall health of all Virginians, and good dental health can be achieved and maintained by the regular practice of good dental habits, such as brushing and flossing one’s teeth after each meal and by scheduling regular check-up appointments at a local dentist’s office; and
WHEREAS, good dental habits that are learned at a young age and reinforced by parents and dental healthcare providers help people maintain good dental health throughout their lives; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Dental Association (VDA) is dedicated to fulfilling the dental health needs of Virginia’s children, and many members participate in nationally recognized projects, such as the VDA’s “Mission of Mercy,” by volunteering through local dental societies and free clinics to provide free or reduced fee care for children who would not otherwise have access to dental healthcare; and
WHEREAS, members of the VDA will participate in Children’s Dental Health Month by sponsoring educational dental health programs and providing dental health treatment for children throughout Virginia;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize February 2019 as CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.