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February is National Children's Dental Health Month

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2017 NCDHM Campaign

The American Dental Association, along with the ADA Foundation, is pleased to provide you with the February 2017 National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) campaign poster.  This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.

This year’s NCDHM campaign slogan, “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile” is displayed in English on one side of the poster and in Spanish on the reverse side.  In addition to the campaign slogan, the message “I love tap water” is displayed as emoji with the familiar NCDHM characters – the Smileys, McGinns and K9 featured in the poster design, having fun climbing and sliding on and around the emoji. These versatile posters will help speakers, teachers, and others to address a range of age groups.

Order 2017 National Children's Dental Health Month Posters. Learn More.

The NCDHM Program Planning Guide provides program coordinators, dental societies, teachers, and parents with resources to promote the benefits of good oral health to children.  The guide includes easy-to-do activities, program planning timetable tips, a sample NCDHM proclamation, and much, much more. 

Download the NCDHM Program Planning Guide (PDF)

2017 NCDHM Poster

The NCDHM Posters feature the 2017 slogan "Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile" and are available in English and Spanish. 

To Download "Do It Yourself" Posters (available in 8.5"x11" or 11"x17"):  

           8.5"x11"/ Letter Size
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           11"x17" / Poster Size
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Publicity Resources

There are many ways to publicize your oral health messages, events and activities. Here are some ideas that will help you get your messages placed:

Develop a list of the local newspapers, radio and television stations. Many libraries have media directories (such as Bacon's), which include addresses, phone numbers, names of editors or producers, and circulation or broadcast information.

The local phone directory is a good resource for locating news outlets. Don't forget community news or "free" papers, which often feature community events.

Press releases are bulletins that provide general information about a specific topic (sealants, mouth guards, early childhood caries, etc.) or an upcoming event, such as a dental health screening.

News articles should be typed, double-spaced, on organization letterhead or sent by email.

Good outlets for news releases include:

  • daily and weekly newspapers and Sunday newspaper supplements
  • newsprint shopping guides
  • hospital newsletters
  • library bulletin boards
  • health club newsletters
  • church bulletins
  • chamber of commerce newsletters

To download information about additional ways to publicize your program review the links below.

Fun Activity Sheets for Kids

Check back in December for 2017 NCDHM activity sheets.

Full Sets of Activity Sheets