Resources Available for Children’s Dental Health Month Presentations
February is Children’s Dental Health Month and AAO members who are doing community presentations can choose from a variety of AAO consumer education materials such as “Age 7” print ads and posters that emphasize the importance of an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7.
In addition, the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, which the AAO co-sponsors with more than 35 other dental organizations, offers tools that encourage kids to brush such as Toothsavers, a new mobile app featuring an interactive game.
AAO ads and other print materials are useful “leave behinds” for speaking engagements. Six of the 12 print ads are offered in easy-to-customize Word files in addition to high-resolution PDFs.
View the Print Materials
(Scroll down to view the Age 7 ads.)
Three AAO topical fliers are also good leave-behinds for community presentations. They include: “Problems to Watch for in Growing Children,” (also available in Spanish); “Dental Trauma: Prevent Accidents but Know What to Do if they Occur”; and “What is an Orthodontist?”
View the Topical Fliers
The AAO “Your Smile” PowerPoint presentation, available with slides and a prepared script in both English and Spanish, is also a useful community program tool.
View the “Your Smile”/”Tu Sonrisa” Presentations
AAO members may customize AAO materials per the AAO Logo Standard Manual and Guidelines for AAO Members’ Use of Marketing and Communications Materials by Constituents, Components, Groups or Members.
Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives Resources
The AAO is one of more than 35 dental organizations that are members of the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, which debuted the Kids’ Healthy Mouths public service campaign in 2012 with the Ad Council. The program aims to educate parents and reduce children’s risk of oral disease by motivating them to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day.
The partnership’s new, free mobile gaming app, Toothsavers, is an interactive game designed to make tooth brushing fun by encouraging kids to save friendly fairy tale characters from the cavity-creating sorceress who cast a tooth-rotting spell on the kingdom. The game includes 10 colorful characters with their own toothbrushes and food particles to brush, with stars awarded for brushing each character’s teeth well.
Learn More about Toothsavers
Additional Healthy Mouths, Health Lives materials were developed in conjunction with Scholastic for kids in pre-school through first grade. These materials were designed for teachers, but may also be used by doctors during classroom presentations.
View the Health Mouths, Healthy Lives/Scholastic Materials