According to a recent Oral Health America (OHA) survey, low-income Americans and those with children are more likely to delay and skip dental visits. That’s why OHA’s Fall for Smiles campaign is so important this year. Every September and October, the campaign teaches Americans about the importance of maintaining a healthy smile by brushing and flossing daily, regular dental visits, eating healthy foods and avoiding tobacco products. Support from the dental community is key to the success of the campaign − the more people who hear the message of the importance of oral health at their dental offices and in their communities, the more likely they are to focus on maintaining a healthy mouth.
To help dental professionals and families participate in the campaign, OHA will have several materials available on the Fall for Smiles webpage throughout September and October. For those looking to engage and educate children, the campaign webpage features an activity booklet, coloring page, brushing chart and tip sheet to make caring for your teeth fun. Those who want to spread the message of the importance of oral health in their communities can utilize a template press release, template letter to the editor, social media guide, web button and customizable poster. An overall campaign booklet is also available thanks to Patterson, including a Spanish-language version. OHA will also be releasing information about the state of oral health in America throughout the campaign and hosting an event on Capitol Hill with Oral Healthcare Can’t Wait, an initiative of the Dental Trade Alliance, to address the oral health needs of communities throughout the country.
To learn more about Fall for Smiles, including more information about the Capitol Hill event on Sept. 10, please visit the campaign’s webpage. With your help, we can reach millions of Americans with the message that oral health impacts your overall health. Let us know in the comments below how you plan on helping spread the word!