Americans observe Hispanic Heritage Month each year from September 15th to October 15th. We celebrate the heritage and culture brought to America from Mexico, Central and South America, Spain and the Caribbean. This recognition started in 1968 as a week long celebration and was enacted into law in 1988 to be a full month. These dates were chosen because many of these countries celebrate their independence day during this time frame. We also celebrate the important presence of Hispanic and Latin Americans in the U.S. staring with Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America in 1492.
In 2012 it was estimated that 53 million Hispanics were living in the U.S. and that number is expected to rise quickly in the coming years. The HDA, or Hispanic Dental Association, has concluded that Mexican-Americans have the lowest level of dental visits in the U.S. and that the percentage of children who have never been to the dentist is highest among Mexican. Many of the contributing factors to this have been addressed by Jefferson Dental Clinics. Many of the clinics employ Spanish speakers to help with any language barrier that could exist. Also JDC is promoting oral health awareness specifically targeted to Hispanic consumers. Presenting dental information in their specific language makes it easier for Hispanics to make informed decision about the oral care of their families.
So, as you are out celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with your family and friends and enjoying the amazing cultural food remember the importance of flossing and brushing when you get home.