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February is National Children's Dental Health Month

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2016 NCDHM Campaign

The American Dental Association, along with the ADA Foundation, is pleased to provide you with the February 2016 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 “Sugar Wars” is displayed on both sides of the poster. The Smileys, McGrinns and K9 are in a spaceship, the USS SweetSwatter. It is equipped with toothbrush swatters, fighting against the Sweet Tooth Invaders for good oral health. On the reverse side, preteen/teenagers demonstrate effective ways to defeat the effects of sugar and maintain good oral health by brushing, flossing, rinsing and eating healthy snacks. These versatile posters will help speakers, teachers, and others to address a range of age groups.

Order NCDHM Posters

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)

2016 NCDHM Poster

The NCDHM Posters feature the 2016 slogan "Sugar Wars" and are available in English and Spanish. 

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

Sugar Wars children's poster   Smile That's Out of This World - teen poster
8.5"x11"/ Letter Size 8.5"x11" / Letter Size 
Download Children's English Poster Download Teen English Poster 
Download Children's Spanish Poster Download Teen Spanish Poster 
 11"x17" / Poster Size  11"x17"/ Poster Size
 Download Children's English Poster  Download Teen English Poster
 Download Children's Spanish Poster  Download Teen Spanish Poster

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 out these games, puzzles, and cool coloring sheets.  Print the collection and grab your markers! You'll be on the road to 'Defeat Monster Mouth' in no time.

Full Sets of Activity Sheets