Smiles@School Program

Bringing Oral Health to
Minnesota First-Graders



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Smiles@School is a statewide initiative of Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation to support children’s oral health through education, prevention and dental sealant programs in schools.

Although largely preventable, tooth decay is the single-most common chronic childhood disease. The Minnesota Department of Health reports that in 2015, half of Minnesota third-graders have or have had tooth decay.

In its second year, the Smiles@School first-grade program provides sports backpacks filled with fun oral health tools and a booklet available for every Minnesota first-grader, as well as free lesson plans and videos for their teachers.

Videos & Lessons

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Losing Your Teeth

Teach students why they lose their baby teeth.


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Hardened Plaque

Teach students why brushing and flossing their teeth is important, and what happens to plaque when it is left on teeth over time.



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Going to the Dentist

Teach students about what kinds of things they will see when they visit the dentist.


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Tooth-Friendly Snacks

Learn about tooth-friendly foods and those containing added sugar.



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Rethink Your Drink

Teach students about the amount of sugar in common drinks.


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How To Brush

Learn the proper way to brush teeth.



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What is a Cavity?

Teach students what cavities are and how to prevent them.


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How to Floss

Learn the proper way to floss teeth.


Smiles at School

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Dental disease is 5 times more prevalent than asthma


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More than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental disease, leading to increases in educational disparity and decreases in productivity.


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Preventive treatments—many of which can be offered in schools—such as fluoride varnish and sealants have been shown to prevent an additional 33% of decay on primary teeth

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7 times more common than allergies like hay fever.


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An estimated one in four U.S. children ages five to eleven may be affected by tooth decay, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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