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Tooth Wizard Battles PlaqueMan during February's Children's Dental Health Month; Makes Illinois Kids Smile
Date:1/31/2008

unk" -- in other words, plaque -- that causes cavities and damages teeth and gums.

The program boosts the enthusiasm of young children for taking care of their teeth and for their overall oral health. The characters not only explain proper brushing techniques, how to floss, good and bad foods for the teeth and why it is important to visit the dentist at least twice a year, but also demonstrate how to do these things using an oversized tooth model and toothbrush, as well as student volunteers.

Alarming Statistics

Though professional care is necessary for maintaining oral health, 25 percent of poor children have not seen a dentist before entering kindergarten. Additionally, uninsured children are 2.5 times less likely than insured children to receive dental care. Delta Dental of Illinois recognizes that many families do not have the means to visit the dentist as frequently as necessary. Through its community benefit efforts, Delta Dental of Illinois is supporting programs that will work to increase access to care. The "Teeth on the Go" program provides an important component in improving oral health as well.

Keeping the Smiles Alive

The oral health experience extends beyond the stage performance. Every child who attends the program receives a "dental treat" bag containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and an oral health brochure explaining the importance of good oral health.

Each school receives a "Teeth on the Go" curriculum kit for educators to use to help reinforce good oral health habits with their students. The kit includes visual and audio educational tools, including a 12-minute video, an audiocassette tape, books, and a three-times-larger-than-life-sized mouth model and toothbrush to demonstrate proper brushing techniques.

About Delta Dental of Illinois

Delta Dental of Illinois is a not-for-profit dental service corporation specializing in providing comprehensive, easy-to-use and cost-effective benefits
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