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Benefits of drinking tap water highlighted for National Children's Dental Health Month

December 02, 2016

By Michelle Manchir

Members gearing up for National Children's Dental Month in February can order or download posters for their dental offices.  

"Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile" is the theme for the 2017 campaign, an annual ADA public health observance that 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.

For 2017, the message, "I love tap water," is part of the theme, highlighting the value of drinking tap water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. Those residing in areas where community water is fluoridated have the added benefit of drinking water that helps prevent tooth decay.

The colorful posters are available online at The poster depicts familiar National Children's Dental Health Month cartoon characters, the Smileys, McGinns and K9, climbing on and sliding down a heart and a water drop emoji. It also includes straightforward oral health tips, such as "brush two minutes, two times a day" and "clean between your teeth daily."

The posters are 12 by 18 inches and are written in English on one side and Spanish on the other. They are available at no cost other than shipping in packets of 25 through the ADA Catalog, product Z102.  For a limited time, those who order can receive 75 percent off shipping costs with promo code 16804.

Activity sheets, and other resources, for National Children's Dental Health Month 2017 are available in English and in Spanish for download at

The ADA each year provides these free oral health posters and activity sheets targeting youth. Local observances of National Children's Dental Health Month often include poster displays, coloring and essay contests, health fairs, free dental screenings, museum exhibits, classroom presentations and dental office tours.

The ADA will celebrate the 76th year for the program in 2017. 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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