CHICAGO, September 18, 2015—According to a recent public opinion survey commissioned by Oral Health America (OHA), 92 percent of older Americans brush their teeth daily. That’s great news, but we still have a long way to go before all older Americans have access to the oral healthcare they need in addition to daily brushing to maintain a healthy mouth. That’s why OHA and Denticator are encouraging dental professionals to celebrate healthy smiles with this year’s Smile Contest. Dental offices can submit photos of staff members’ and patients’ healthy smiles and in return 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 educates Americans every September and October about the importance of maintaining a healthy mouth through daily brushing and flossing, regular dental visits, eating healthy foods and avoiding tobacco products. The Fall for Smiles webpage features many free resources that dental offices can use to participate in the campaign and spread the message of the importance of oral health.
Those interested participating in the Smile Contest can submit photos through OHA's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oralhealthamerica, share photos on Twitter tagging @Smile4Health and using #fallforsmiles or email photos and caption information to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.oralhealthamerica.org/fallforsmiles.