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National Children's Dental Health Month

Your office can easily participate in February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month with free resources from the MDA and ADA. They’re easily accessible at the ADA website, and some are included right here in this issue of the MDA Journal.

Here’s the information you need to get started:

ADA resources

2020 ADA NCDHM Program Planning Guide. This online guide will give you the resources you need to plan a great Children’s Dental Health Month event in your office and community. The guide includes easy-to-do activities, program planning timetable tips, and more.

Printable Coloring and Activity Sheets. Distribute coloring and activity sheets to children in your practice or give them to local teachers for a fun classroom activity. For your convenience, we’ve included a few of these in this issue of the Journal.

Posters! The ADA’s 2020 posters feature the slogan “Fluoride in water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap!” Posters are 12-inches-by-18-inches, in English on one side and Spanish on the reverse. Each pack contains 25 posters. You can display them in your office or give them to teachers when making educational presentations to classrooms. A copy of the poster appears on the opposite page.

All ADA resources can be found and ordered at www.ada.org/ncdhm.

MDA Resources

Classroom kits. New this year, the MDA will provide “The Sugary Truth” classroom kits. Kits can be requested in quantities of either 50 or 100. In order to ensure resources are spread through the state, 100 will be the maximum that can be donated to one requestor. Kits will include, brochures, stickers, handouts, a poster, toothbrushes, sample toothpaste, floss and goody bags. Click the button below to download the request form or contact April Stopczynski. Please allow at least two weeks for shipping.

Download Request Form

Infographic. The MDA’s NCDHM infographic can be used to share via social media or printed and distributed as a fact sheet to patients or during classroom presentations. It’s included as a special tear-out in the January MDA Journal issue.

Social media. Take part in the MDA’s efforts to reach the public through social media by liking and following us on Facebook. Throughout the month messages will promote children’s oral health including MDA’s YouTube videos on “The Sugary Truth” and “A Big Superhero Story from a Little Mouth”. Please share the content on your practice page. If you take pictures of your classroom visit we would love to share them. Send them via email to the MDA’s Jason Heinrich.

Online Teaching Curriculum

Give Kids a Smile Planning Resources

Give Kids a Smile events take place in dental offices throughout the nation. The ADA offers a wealth of planning resources to help with your event. If you are hosting a treatment event in Michigan, you may wish to use the following consent or combined health history/consent form for patients attending your event. These forms have been reviewed by MDA and ADA legal counsel. If you need additional assistance, contact the MDA at 800-589-2632.