Join ADA and PDA
in participating in National Children’s Dental Health
Month (NCDHM), an oral health campaign aimed to raise awareness about
the importance of good oral health. For the past 60 years, NCDHM has
played an important role in the education of America’s youth.
Celebrated each February, NCDHM messages and materials have reached
millions of children and parents in communities across the country.
As you know, when children develop healthy habits at an early age, it
can lead to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. NCDHM initiatives
encourage children to see a dentist for regular check-ups, to maintain a
healthy and balanced diet, to wear mouth guards when engaging in
high-contact sports and to brush and floss regularly.
This year’s NCDHM campaign slogan, “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile" features the familiar NCDHM characters – the Smileys, McGinns and K9.
NCDHM In Pennsylvania
campaign received the first-place award in the ADA 2009 Samuel D. Harris
National Children's Dental Health Month State Program Award. Also, the
International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) - Harrisburg
Chapter honored PDA's NCDHM program with a gold 2010 Capital Award
in the category of community relations campaigns.
Each year, PDA provides lesson plans and activities to
third-grade teachers. Continuing from last year, all of the materials are
available online only.
In addition, PDA sponsors a poster contest for third-grade students, which annually awards cash
prizes to the students who design the top three
NCDHM Volunteer Group
There are no longer district and local chairs, instead we created an NCDHM volunteer group on PDA’s Social Network and is
open to all interested members. The volunteer group will play
an integral role in the statewide poster contest and is responsible for
judging the poster contest entries. If you would like to
join this group, please fill
out this form anytime.
about NCDHM? Contact PDA at (717)
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