State, Counties and Cities Declare February Children’s Dental Health Month

Seattle:  The University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry announces that the state of Washington, King, Pierce and Snohomish counties along with nearly 20 cities have issued proclamations in support of February as Children’s Dental Health Month.

The month-long public education program encourages families to help their children learn and practice good oral health habits.  Benefits of a healthy smile for children include improved ability to concentrate in school, improved school attendance and improved nutrition.

In addition to support for oral health education for children, the UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry, Bartell Drugs and the Health Smiles Healthy Children Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric dentistry have partnered to offer 115 children free preventive dental care during the month.

Details on the program can be found at

Participating cities include:

  • Bellevue
  • Covington
  • Kent
  • Auburn
  • Seattle
  • Tukwila
  • Renton
  • Carnation
  • Duvall
  • Burien
  • Des Moines
  • Lake Forest Park
  • SeaTac
  • Bothell
  • Federal Way
  • Kenmore
  • Woodinville
  • Shoreline

About the Center for Pediatric Dentistry

The University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry is our community’s largest dental clinic dedicated solely to providing dental health services to children ages 1-18, and through age 20 if the child has special needs such as autism or Down syndrome.

Located at Magnuson Park, 6222 NE 74th St., in Seattle, the Center for Pediatric Dentistry serves children from throughout Washington state.  The state-of-the-art facility offers the complete range of dental services, from examinations to full sedation/dental surgery.  Nationally-recognized faculty provide the highest level of care, along with dental residents specializing in pediatrics.

About Bartell Drugs

Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 126-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 65 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit

About the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (HSHC) is the largest national dentist-led charity dedicated to children’s oral health.  The Foundation works to ensure that EVERY child has a Dental Home— a place to receive consistent, compassionate dental care.

Since 2010, HSHC has issued more than $4 million in grants and commitments to 81 organizations. These grantees have helped provide Dental Homes to more than 300,000 children.

HSHC is proud to support The Center for Pediatric Dentistry and its Community Children’s Smiles program. This initiative aligns with HSHC’s mission to increase access to dental care for vulnerable populations.