Dental Health Education
An important focus of the Alliance is Dental Health Education. Through several initiatives during the year, we work to educate the community at large in proper dental care.
"It takes only one to make a difference in your community. Thank you for making that difference!"
DENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION
Healthy Smiles from the Start
The Alliance of the American Dental Association (AADA), together with the American Dental Association (ADA) and Henry Schein Cares (HSC), launched Healthy Smiles from the Start, a new multifaceted prenatal and postnatal dental health care education program for mothers and caregivers of newborns. Created to address the nation's growing dental health issues during pregnancy and throughout early childhood, Healthy Smiles from the Start is engaging and helpful information - available in English and Spanish - about how and why to make mouth healthy habits a priority for everyone in the family.
This toolkit has been tailor made to deliver to hospitals and birthing centers with existing prenatal classes. All you need to do is request that this material be added to their curriculum.
Free Kits will be available starting in early 2014 please contact our Central Office to be added to the waiting list.
2014 National Children's Dental Health Month
National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) will bring together dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and Alliance members like you to promote the benefits of good oral health.
This year's NCDHM campaign features the slogan "Join the Super Smile Team!". The 2014 poster features the McGrinn Twins, Flossy and Buck, along with their best friends and next-door neighbors Den and Gen Smiley and K-9 the Dog, fighting for good oral health and a super smile.
NCDHM Program Planning Guide and order the 2014 NCDHM Poster - you may also download the poster and print your own!
Give Kids a Smile
The American Dental Association created Give Kids A Smile in 2003 as a day for dentists to provide dental services to undeserved children. The program initially began as a one-day event, but has grown to local and national events year-round. Dentists volunteer their time, and services, to provide screenings, treatments and education to children throughout the United States. This year Give Kids a Smile Day will be celebrated on Friday, February 7, 2014!
The Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives have released a new, free mobile gaming app, Toothsavers, in an effort to motivate parents and caregivers to take action to reduce their children's risk of oral disease. This interactive game makes toothbrushing fun by encouraging kids to save friendly fairy tale characters from the evil, cavity-creating sorceress who cast a wicked tooth-rotting spell on the kingdom. The goal of the game is to motivate children to save their own teeth by brushing their teeth two minutes, twice a day. Click here to watch a preview of Toothsavers.
Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives
The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives is a first‐of‐its‐kind national coalition of 35 leading dental health organizations, including the American Dental Association, Oral Health America and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. The goal of the national multimedia campaign, developed in partnership with
the Ad Council, is to teach parents and caregivers, as well as the children themselves, about the importance of oral health and the simple ways they can prevent oral disease.
Parents! Brushing your kids’ teeth for 2 minutes, 2 times a day
is what it takes to keep their mouths healthy. 2 minutes! Here are some fun videos
to make that time go by faster!
Help us get the word out by sharing this message with your friends, colleagues or patients using these customizable materials!
"Right from the Start"
The AADA National Dental Health Education program for 2010 was introduced at Conference 2010 in Tempe, AZ. We learned about the "Right from the Start" program from Dr. Ray Wagner, a pediatrician from Tucson, who developed the program in 2006 and uses it in his health care centers in El Rio, AZ.
Dr. Wagner shared the information about the alarming rate of early childhood caries (ECC) that is currently (2010) at 60% while in comparison childhood obesity 30% and childhood asthma 11%. He stumbled onto this little known fact after seeing how sick a little child can get after having an infected molar tooth. It made such an impact on him that he began his crusade and developed the "Right from the Start" program.
For your use are the following materials:
An El Rio Health Centers Action Plan for Maternal-Infant Oral Health Promotion in the First Year of Life
#1 The Pregnancy and Birth, #2 Age 4-9 months, #3 Age 8-12 months
"Improving Women's and Children's Oral Health"
An Educational Flip Chart
In addition to Dr. Wagner's program, the "Improving Women's and Children's Oral Health Flip Chart" was introduced. You can use this along with the "Right from the Start" materials.
- view the "Improving Women's and Children's Oral Health" flip chart
- flip chart order form
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Model
800.299.3366 EXT 295 www.healthedco.com
“Taking Care of Little Smiles” – An informative brochure for parents on basic oral hygiene and dental care needs for children. Also available in Spanish.
Illinois State Dental Society, P.O. Box 376, Springfield, IL 62705
“Milk Matters” – Free 14-page coloring book is part of the NICHD Milk Matters campaign, designed to teach parents, children, and health care providers about the importance of calcium for children and teens. The booklet, for children ages four to eight, follows Buddy Brush as he explains why calcium is critical not only to good health, but also to healthy teeth, and outlines how to take good care of teeth. NICHD Information Resource Center - 800.370.2943
“Mouth Power” – an interactive program, developed by the Samuel Harris National Museum of Dentistry, to teach children about good oral health. Child receives a certificate upon completion of the program
“Smile Smarts” - is an oral health curriculum for preschool through grade eight students offering flexible, modular lesson plans, support materials, hands-on classroom demonstrations, student activity sheets, and suggestions for further oral health activities. This program is brought to your from the American Dental Association.
“Ready, Set Brush” – ADA and Readers’ Digest designed this 12 page
cardboard pop-up book where Sesame Street characters help kids learn to care for their teeth.
Colgate “Kids World” – Play online games, puzzles and other activities that teach about healthy teeth.
“Got Rot?” – Information on the hard truth about soft drinks. Very useful for campaigning for the removal of soft drink machines in school settings. Brochures, posters and stickers are available. Illinois State Dental Society, P.O. Box 376, Springfield, IL 62705 217.525.1406
“The Grosser, More Disgusting, But Still Totally Cool Mouth Book” by Dr. Theodore Croll. Close-up photographs of healthy and diseased children’s teeth that graphically illustrate the results of poor oral hygiene.
GETMOUTHPOWER - Tips for keeping a healthy adult smile, an oral health resource targeted to adults 50 and over; created by the National Museum of Dentistry.
Senior Smiles - a 12 page downloadable booklet designed to educate older adults about good oral health and its connection to their general health.
Smiles for Seniors - a comprehensive program designed to help educate caregivers, health professionals and those who serve older adults; brought to you by the Ohio Dental Association. 614.486.2700
Alliance members during the Tobacco Tug of Heart game at Conference 2014
Tobacco Tug of Heart - Game instructions and guidelines on how to play; from the AADA Conference 2014 DHE Session
Operation TACTIC - Video and lesson plans for grades 4-12 on the hazards of smokeless tobacco; from the Ohio Dental Association. 614.486.2700
Dipper Dan - a 3 stage model display showing the progress of oral cancer from Distortions Unlimited Corporation. 970.351.0100
Mr. Gross Mouth and Mr. Dip Lip Models - Available from Health Edco
800.299.3366 EXT 295
Smokeless Tobacco: Spit It Out and How Tobacco Affects Your Teeth, Gums and Mouth - tobacco prevention pamphlets in English and Spanish available from Journeyworks Publishing. 800. 775.1998
Tobacco Education through Pamphlets, Videos, Posters, and Postcards - Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids — Tobacco prevention information
Tobacco prevention information and products