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National Children’s Dental Health Month celebrates gold medal smiles

Time to prepare for 2013 observance

Dentists nationwide can help their young patients “get a gold medal smile” by participating in the ADA’s 2013 National Children’s Dental Health Month.

Image: Picture of Dudley Activity Book

This year’s NCDHM campaign slogan, “Get a Gold Medal Smile,” features the McGrinn Twins, Flossy and Buck, along with their best friends and next-door neighbors Den and Gen Smiley, going for the gold to get a winning smile.

The materials for teens and preteens feature junior athletes smiling because they just won the gold medal for the best smile. These versatile materials will help speakers, teachers and others who want to address both age groups.

Now in its 63rd year, this monthlong national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and others to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and adults, caregivers, teachers and many others.

Image: Dudley Activity Book
Free “Get a Gold Medal Smile” posters are available thanks to a grant from the ADA Foundation. Posters can be ordered online at ADA.org/ncdhm.

A wealth of other free campaign materials, including a program planning guide, publicity resources, activity sheets for children and more are also available on the website. Many resources are available in both English and Spanish.

The ADA Catalog is offering a special NCDHM discount on all patient education products. Save 15 percent off all patient education products with campaign code 12212 until Nov. 30. New this year in the ADA Catalog are:

• Dudley and Friends Play Along Activity Book (W148)—The newest Dudley activity book will give young patients a fun challenge. The 12-page 8½ x 11-inch book has 10 pages of dental-themed games for kids to complete and/or color in, including: find the hidden toothbrush; connect the dots; crossword puzzle; word search; circle the difference; and word scramble. A personalized version (DAC009) is also available.

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• Dudley’s Grade School Musical DVD (X889)—Bring glee to children of all ages with this brand new oral health video featuring Dudley the Dinosaur. Dudley and his friends audition for “Teeth: The Musical” and sing catchy songs about brushing and flossing; mouthguards; healthy eating; regular dental visits;  and sealants. The eight-minute DVD is guaranteed to make learning about oral health fun for kids preschool age through grade four. Cost is $50 for members and $75 for nonmembers.

For more information or to place an order visit ADAcatalog.org or call 1-800-947-4746.