Bringing Oral Health to
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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
Losing Your Teeth
Teach students why they lose their baby teeth.
Teach students why brushing and flossing their teeth is important, and what happens to plaque when it is left on teeth over time.
Going to the Dentist
Teach students about what kinds of things they will see when they visit the dentist.
Learn about tooth-friendly foods and those containing added sugar.
Rethink Your Drink
Teach students about the amount of sugar in common drinks.
How To Brush
Learn the proper way to brush teeth.
What is a Cavity?
Teach students what cavities are and how to prevent them.
How to Floss
Learn the proper way to floss teeth.
Smiles at School
Dental disease is 5 times more prevalent than asthma
More than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental disease, leading to increases in educational disparity and decreases in productivity.
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
7 times more common than allergies like hay fever.
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