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Prepare for ‘Sugar Wars’ in February

October 01, 2015

Image of two 2016 National Children’s Dental Health Month posters

“Sugar Wars” is the 2016 campaign theme for National Children’s Dental Health Month in February.

This month-long ADA health observance brings together thousands of dentists, dental team members, health professionals and teachers to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and their caregivers.

Local observances of the month often include poster displays, coloring and essay contests, health fairs, free dental screenings, museum exhibits, classroom presentations and dental office tours.

The ADA each year provides free oral health posters targeting children, preteens and teenagers upon request to dental-related and health-related organizations nationwide. They can be ordered or downloaded at no cost at

This year’s early childhood poster depicts the campaign theme “Sugar Wars,” showing the Smileys, McGrinns and K-9 in a spaceship dubbed the “USS SweetSwatter.” It is equipped with toothbrush swatters, fighting against the Sweet Tooth Invaders for good oral health.

On the reverse side of the poster, preteen/teenagers demonstrate effective ways to defeat the effects of sugar and maintain good oral health by brushing, flossing, rinsing and eating healthy foods.

These posters, which are available for download at no cost at, aim to help speakers, teachers and others to address a range of age groups.

Also available online is a NCDHM Program Planning Guide that can help program coordinators and others find ways to promote the benefits of good oral health to children. It includes, at no cost, coloring sheets, activity sheets, certificates, a sample NCDHM proclamation and drafts of other official communications. All of the information, including the posters, are available in both English and Spanish.

The ADA will celebrate the 75th year for the program in 2016. It began as a one-day event Feb. 3, 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1981 the ADA House of Delegates extended it to a month-long observance.

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