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Resources for Parents and Teachers


arizona dental educationThe Arizona Dental Association encourages you to educate your children or your classroom about the importance of oral health. Studies have notably shown that when children are introduced to good oral hygiene practices early in their development, they often maintain them for the rest of their lives. You can make a tremendous difference in the lives of your students by sharing many of the resources that are provided on this web page.  

From the award-winning National Children's Dental Health Month Program (NCDHM) to ADA's Smile Smarts Curriculum, below you will find an array of information to help educate and establish a lifetime of good oral health for your children or students. AzDA thanks you for taking time out of your day to educate yourself on ways to help Arizona kids maintain good oral health. The knowledge and encouragement you provide them will be a life-long gift. 

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Stop the Pop
What you need to know about sugary carbonated beverages. 

How to Brush and Floss
Tips on how you can take care of your teeth in-between visits to the dentist.

FAQs for Parents/Teachers to Review with Children
Kids come up with the most inquisitive questions. Fortunately, we have the answers for you to be able to talk to them about good oral health. 

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 The Smile Starts curriculum, developed by the American Dental Association (ADA) for preschool through grade eight students.

Ages 4 - 7
Shining Smiles! helps children understand the importance of their teeth, how to keep teeth clean and healthy and introduces the dentist as a friendly doctor who helps them take care of their smile.

Second - Third Grade
A Lifetime of Healthy Smiles! is an engaging classroom lesson that encourages students to think about the importance of their teeth and reinforces dentists' instructions on properly caring for teeth.

Fourth - Sixth Grade
Teeth to Treasure! is a lively classroom lesson reinforcing good oral hygiene habits and instilling in students a sense of responsibility for keeping their teeth healthy and protected. 

Seventh - Eighth Grade
Watch Your Mouth! is a dynamic and thought-provoking classroom lesson that shows how informed teens can make smart choices to protect their teeth, including information on mouth piercings and tobacco use.