Dental Social Media Post Ideas for September

September marks the start of a new season as the days get shorter and cooler weather approaches. This month is filled with holidays and observances that are perfect for dentists to promote healthy habits and dental care. From National Gum Care Month to National Chewing Gum Day, there are many opportunities for dentists to educate their patients about the importance of oral health.

September also brings awareness to important causes such as Childhood Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, and Prostate Cancer, providing dentists with the opportunity to promote overall health and wellness. This month, we can celebrate and promote healthy teeth and gums while raising awareness for important causes that impact the lives of many individuals.

April 16, 2023

Last Updated: April 16, 2023

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September Month and Weeklong Celebrations

National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: is observed every September to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to support families and children who are affected by this disease. The month-long observance aims to promote awareness about the challenges faced by children with cancer and their families, as well as to advocate for increased research funding and access to quality care

Wear gold: The gold ribbon is the symbol of childhood cancer awareness. You can wear a gold ribbon or clothing/accessories that are gold-colored to show your support.

Partner with a local hospital: Consider partnering with a local hospital that treats children with cancer. You can offer to provide dental care for the children, or to donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other dental supplies.

Use your social media platforms to share information about childhood cancer, its impact on families, and ways to support the cause. You can also share information about the oral health implications of cancer treatment and how to manage them. Some statistics:

  1. The most common disease-related cause of mortality in children under 15 in the US is childhood cancer. (Source: "Childhood Cancer Statistics," National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, 2021)
  2. Before turning 20 years old, 1 in 285 young people in the US will receive a cancer diagnosis. (Source: "Childhood Cancer Facts and Statistics," American Childhood Cancer Organization, 2021)
  3. Thanks to improvements in research and therapy, the five-year survival rate for children cancer has grown from 58% in the middle of the 1970s to over 80% today. (Source: "Childhood Cancer Survival Rates and Statistics," St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 2021)

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Ovarian cancer treatment can also have an impact on oral health, so dentists can work with oncologists and other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive care for patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Host an educational seminar: Dentists can host an educational seminar on the link between oral health and ovarian cancer, and how women can maintain good oral hygiene to reduce their risk.

Wear teal ribbons: Teal is the color of ovarian cancer awareness, so dentists can wear teal ribbons or even decorate their office in teal to raise awareness.

Start a social media campaign to spread awareness about ovarian cancer and share information about symptoms, prevention, and early detection.

  1. The fifth most common reason for cancer-related deaths in women in the US is ovarian cancer. (Source: "Ovarian Cancer Statistics," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021)
  2. Ovarian cancer affects 1 in 78 American women throughout the course of their lifetimes. (Reference: "Key Statistics for Ovarian Cancer," American Cancer Society, 2021)
  3. Over 90% of patients who are diagnosed and treated for ovarian cancer within the first five years survive. Only 20% of ovarian tumors are discovered early, though. (Source: "About Ovarian Cancer," National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, 2021)

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: is an observance held in September to increase public awareness of prostate cancer, a common form of cancer in men. As dental professionals, we can use this month to remind our male patients about the importance of regular cancer screenings and encourage them to take steps to maintain their overall health.

Offer educational materials: Dentists can have brochures, pamphlets, or flyers in their waiting area to provide information on prostate cancer, its risk factors, and ways to reduce the risk. Here are some statistics that can also be shared.

  1. More than 248,500 new instances of prostate cancer are anticipated in the United States in 2021, making it the second most frequent cancer in males. (Source: "Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer," American Cancer Society, 2021)
  2. In the United States, 1 in 8 men will receive a prostate cancer diagnosis over their lifetime. (Source: "Facts and Statistics," Prostate Cancer Foundation, 2021)
  3. When found early, prostate cancer is very curable and has a five-year survival rate of approximately 100% for localized cancer. However, the five-year survival rate for advanced prostate cancer is about 30%. (Source: The National Cancer Institute, "Prostate Cancer Treatment (PDQ) - Health Professional Version," 2021.)

Wear blue: Blue is the official color of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Dentists and their staff can wear blue clothing or accessories to show their support for prostate cancer awareness.

Participate in a walk/run: Many cities hold 5k walks or runs during National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Dentists can participate or sponsor a team to show their support.

Gum Care Month is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of good gum health and preventing gum disease. Gum disease is a common dental problem that affects the gums and bones that support the teeth. It can lead to tooth loss and has been linked to other health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes.

Educate patients: Dentists can use Gum Care Month as an opportunity to educate their patients on the importance of proper gum care, including regular brushing and flossing, and scheduling routine dental checkups.

Offer discounts: Dentists can offer discounts on gum treatments, such as deep cleanings or periodontal therapy, to encourage patients to take better care of their gums.

Provide free products: Dentists can provide free samples of gum care products, such as mouthwash, dental floss, or interdental brushes, to their patients.

Office Manager Appreciation Month: is a time to recognize the hard work and dedication of the office managers who help keep dental practices running smoothly. They are often the unsung heroes who handle everything from scheduling appointments and managing patient files to ordering supplies and ensuring the office is compliant with regulations.

Surprise them with breakfast or lunch: Bring in breakfast or lunch for the office manager and the rest of the team. Show your appreciation for all they do to keep the office running smoothly.

Give a special gift: Consider getting your office manager a special gift to show your appreciation. This could be something like a personalized plaque, a gift card to their favorite store or restaurant, or a special item related to their interests or hobbies.

Recognize their achievements: Take some time to recognize and acknowledge the achievements of your office manager. This could be in the form of a speech, a written note, or a public announcement. Make sure to highlight their hard work, dedication, and contributions to the success of the practice.

Baby Safety Month: It is a time to educate parents, caregivers, and dental professionals about the importance of taking precautions to prevent accidents and injuries that can harm babies and the oral risks to babies.

Promotion of fluoride treatments: Promote the benefits of fluoride treatments for babies to help protect their teeth against decay.

Baby-safe dental products: Educate parents about baby-safe dental products such as fluoride-free toothpaste, soft-bristled toothbrushes, and teething toys.

Caries risk assessment: Perform caries risk assessments on infants to identify those at higher risk of developing tooth decay and provide appropriate recommendations and interventions.

World Alzheimer's Month: This month aims to challenge the stigma surrounding these conditions, educate people about the importance of early diagnosis and intervention, and advocate for better support and care for those living with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers.

Promote brain health: Research suggests that maintaining good oral health can help prevent Alzheimer's disease. Dental professionals can educate patients on the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene as part of overall brain health.

Promote oral care for Alzheimer's patients: As patients with Alzheimer's disease may have difficulty performing daily oral hygiene tasks, dental professionals can educate caregivers on proper oral care techniques and recommend products and tools to help maintain good oral health.

Sensitivity training for dental professionals: Dentists and dental assistants can participate in sensitivity training to better understand and communicate with patients with Alzheimer's disease, making the dental visit a more comfortable experience for the patient.

National Learning and Development Month: This month encourages individuals to enhance their knowledge, learn new skills and pursue career growth. For dentists, National Learning and Development Month can be an opportunity to update their knowledge and stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field of dentistry. 

Provide your patients with pamphlets, brochures or videos about oral health care, and encourage them to learn about good oral hygiene practices.

Use social media to share helpful tips and information on oral health care, including ways to maintain good oral hygiene, prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and promote overall oral health.

Many of your team will likely be participating in continuing education activities or attending dental conferences and seminars etc. Use this national holiday as an opportunity to share photos and stories from your team about their continuing educational journey!

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Individual Days and Holidays

*Please keep in mind that some national holidays differ depending on where you live. For example, National Tooth Fairy Day is observed on August 22nd in the United States and February 28th in the United Kingdom. Although we have done our best to include this information in our list, we recommend conducting a quick Google search before posting to confirm the dates in your region.

September is a month that is filled with various observances that are significant to different groups of people. It is a time when awareness is raised for health issues such as cancer, patient safety, and gum care. September is also a month where people celebrate events such as the beginning of autumn. Overall, September offers a wide range of holidays and observances that encourage us to reflect, learn, and appreciate.

September 4th - National Mouthguard Day: is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of wearing mouthguards during sports and other physical activities to protect against dental injuries.

  • Promote the importance of wearing mouthguards during sports and physical activities to raise awareness about the benefits of wearing mouthguards in sports and other physical activities. Here we provide some key findings:
  1. Athletes who don't use a mouthguard while participating in athletic activities are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth, according to the American Dental Association.
  2. According to a study that was published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, teeth damage accounts for close to half of all mouth injuries that occur during sports. Injuries to the teeth were discovered to be the most frequent type of oral injury.
  3. Research suggests that utilizing mouthguards that are custom-made for a player can significantly reduce the risk of concussions when playing sports. An article from the American Association of Orthodontists that promotes the benefits of mouthguards for athletes showed that high school football players who used specially fitted mouthguards saw a 50% lower rate of concussions than those who did not.
  • Offer discounts or promotions on custom-made mouthguards for patients.
  • Collaborate with local sports teams or schools to provide free mouthguards for their athletes.

September 4th - Labor Day: Labor Day honors the contributions and achievements of American workers and the labor movement. For dentists, Labor Day can be a great opportunity to recognize and celebrate the hard work and dedication of their staff, as well as their own contributions to the dental profession. Just be sure to schedule ahead if the office will be closed that day!

  • Use social media to recognize and thank your staff for their hard work.
  • Offer Labor Day discounts or promotions on dental services to attract new patients and show appreciation to existing ones.
  • Have your team send in photos to show how they are spending the day off. These could be off-hours BBQs, nature hikes or just hanging out with the kids!

September 8th - Stand up to Cancer Day: Is a day to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Dentists can show their support for Stand up to Cancer Day by encouraging their patients to practice good oral hygiene, as research has shown a link between gum disease and an increased risk of certain types of cancer.

  • Dentists can use their social media platforms to raise awareness about the importance of cancer screenings and early detection, as well as the role of good oral health in overall health and cancer prevention.
  • Dentists can show their support for the cause by wearing Stand up to Cancer gear, such as wristbands, t-shirts, or pins.

September 14th - National Coloring Day: This day encourages people to take a break from the stresses of everyday life and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of coloring. For dentists, this is a great opportunity to promote oral health and wellness through coloring activities that engage patients and educate them about proper dental care.

  • Host a coloring contest for kids with dental-themed coloring pages, such as pictures of teeth, toothbrushes, and dental floss.
  • Create your own dental-themed coloring pages that feature your dental office or staff, and distribute them to patients.
  • Use coloring as a relaxation technique for patients who may experience dental anxiety or fear. Offer coloring pages and materials in the waiting room or treatment areas to help calm nerves and create a more soothing atmosphere.

September 17th - International Patient Safety Day: Is a day dedicated to raising awareness about patient safety and promoting global efforts to improve it. This day aims to increase understanding of the importance of patient safety and encourage patients, healthcare professionals, and policymakers to take action to improve patient safety worldwide.

  • Encouraging open communication with patients about their concerns, questions, and feedback on safety practices.
  • Reviewing and updating safety protocols in the dental office to ensure the highest level of patient safety
  • Encouraging staff to participate in training programs to improve their skills and knowledge about patient safety and quality improvement.

September 23rd - First Day of Fall/Autumnal Equinox: September 23rd marks the official start of the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere. As the weather begins to change and temperatures drop, it's a good time to remind patients to pay attention to their oral health, especially as the holiday season approaches.

  • Encourage patients to schedule their bi-annual dental checkups to make sure their oral health is in top shape for the upcoming holiday season.
  • Offer fall-themed promotions or discounts on dental services, such as teeth whitening or orthodontic treatments.
  • Decorate your office with fall-themed decor, such as leaves, pumpkins, and other autumnal accents.

September 25th - National Daughters Day: is a day to celebrate the special bond between fathers and daughters, and to recognize and honor the achievements and contributions of daughters everywhere.

  • Offer a special promotion or discount for daughters of patients, such as a free dental cleaning or a discount on orthodontic treatment.
  • Display a "Happy National Daughters Day" sign in the waiting room or office to spread awareness about the holiday.
  • Use the day as an opportunity to educate parents on the importance of good oral hygiene practices for their daughters, such as regular brushing and flossing, and the benefits of orthodontic treatment for their overall health and confidence.

September 30th - National Chewing Gum Day: It's a day to celebrate the simple pleasure of chewing gum and recognize the role it can play in oral hygiene.

8 Additional Dental Post Ideas for September

Dental professionals can boost patient engagement and online practice promotion by utilizing these topics and offering pertinent information. Here are some suggestions for September's dental posts that can assist dentists in building relationships with their clients and the local community.

  1. National Preparedness Month Challenge: Share daily tips and information about emergency preparedness and encourage your followers to share their own emergency preparedness plans or to schedule a dental check-up.
  2. National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Challenge: Share stories of children who have fought cancer and encourage your followers to support children with cancer.
  3. National Fruits and Veggies Month Challenge: Share pictures of your team or patients enjoying fruits and vegetables and encourage your followers to share their own healthy eating habits and how they take care of their teeth. 
  4. National Self-Improvement Month Challenge: Share daily tips and information about personal development and self-improvement and encourage your followers to share their own self-improvement goals or their teeth goals.
  5. National Dental Hygienists Week Challenge: Share information about the role of dental hygienists in oral health and encourage your followers to schedule a dental check-up with their dental hygienist.
  6. September 11th - Patriot Day: Display patriotic decorations in your dental office, such as American flags or red, white, and blue balloons, to show your support for the country and the people affected by the tragedy.
  7. September 29th - National Coffee Day: Remind patients to brush their teeth after consuming coffee to prevent staining and maintain oral hygiene. Offer alternative beverage options, such as water or tea, that are less likely to cause tooth discoloration.
  8. September 28th - National Neighbor Day: Organize a neighborhood cleanup event and distribute oral health care kits, which can include toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss, to participants. If your dental office is located in a shopping center, share information about your neighbors so that guests can know the variety of shopping or dining options in the area for before or after their appointments.

Through events like National Gum Care Month and awareness campaigns like Childhood Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Baby Safety, World Alzheimer's Month, and National Learning and Development Month, September offers dental professionals the chance to promote oral health and general wellness. Dental professionals can inform and educate their patients about preventative measures against gum disease and the value of general health and wellness using social media, educational seminars, and walks/runs.

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