While a recent public opinion survey commissioned by Oral Health America (OHA) shows that 92% of older Americans report brushing their teeth daily, there is still much to be done to improve oral healthcare among that same population, says the organization. That’s why OHA and Denticator have teamed for a new contest to raise awareness about the importance of regular dental visits, eating healthy foods, and avoiding tobacco products, in addition to daily brushing and flossing, for maintaining a healthy mouth.
This year’s Smile Contest invites dental and orthodontic offices to submit photos of staff members’ and patients’ healthy smiles. In return, they will receive a free Zooby sample pack from Denticator, which includes fluoride varnish, prophy paste, and an assortment of disposable prophy angles featuring five unique animal designs.
The Smile Contest is part of OHA’s annual Fall for Smiles campaign, which aims to educate Americans every September and October about the importance of good oral health. The Fall for Smiles webpage features free resources that offices can use to participate in the campaign and spread the message of the importance of oral health.
Those interested in participating in the Smile Contest can submit photos through OHA’s Facebook page at facebook.com/oralhealthamerica, share photos on Twitter tagging @Smile4Health and using #fallforsmiles, or email photos and caption information to [email protected]. Please include information about the participating dental office, names of those who are pictured, and proof of parental consent for any children pictured. To learn more about the Fall for Smiles campaign, visit oralhealthamerica.org/fallforsmiles.