The American Dental Association (ADA) backs National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) every February to increase awareness of child oral health care. The earlier that kids develop solid oral hygiene habits and start making regular visits to the dentist, the more likely they are to keep their teeth and gums in good shape for their whole lives. During the 63 years that NCDHM has been in existence, its initiatives have affected millions of people all across the country.
NCDHM brings together thousands of health care providers, dental professionals, teachers, and other individuals who are dedicated to promoting good oral health habits to children. As a parent or a teacher, there is so much that you can do to help kids learn more about why it’s so important to have a healthy smile.
The 2015 NCDHM campaign slogan is “Defeat Monster Mouth”. The ADA displays it prominently on their engaging kids’ posters. The posters also feature the McGrinn Twins, Buck and Flossy, along with their best friend neighbors Gen and Den Smiley and their dog K-9. The ensemble is fighting Paqster the Monster in order to achieve good oral health. The posters show children how to keep their teeth and gums healthy by brushing flossing, and eating healthy snacks. There are children’s and teenager versions of these posters available in English and Spanish that you can download online in two different sizes.
Are you a parent, teacher, or dentist looking for resources for NCDHM? The ADA has a wealth of free materials available online including activity sheet handouts and other ideas for the classroom as well as information that you can use for oral health presentations. Additional resources are available for purchase in the ADA catalog. You can also check out MouthHealthy.org and the National Education Association (NEA).