During the school year, there are certain days that are met with bright smiles and enthusiasm. Picture day brings children to school with a special outfit, carefully coiffed hair and a big smile. Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures wants picture day to be more than just a snapshot. This year make this school traditional day the start to healthy habits among children in need.
In partnership with Teach for America, a national non-profit dedicated to making a difference in high-need urban and rural school communities, Smile for Picture Day will help create more healthy smiles by reaching elementary schools throughout the U.S. with Colgate’s award-winning oral health curriculum.
Dental health is important to an overall healthy lifestyle. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease among 5 to 17 year olds. It is more common than asthma or hay fever. Throughout the school year, more than 51 million school hours are lost each year because of dental related illness.
When a child has poor oral health, she could see an impact on school performance, social social and self-esteem. When tooth decay is left untreated, a child can see the affect on her ability to eat, speak, learn and play. Dental health cannot be ignored.
The Colgate initiative Smile for Picture Day will provide teachers with educational materials to help promote healthy brushing routines. These materials are designed for Kindergarten through third grade.
In addition to written materials, Colgate’s fleet of mobile dental vans will travel to more than 150 elementary schools in September and October 2013 to provide free dental screenings on site.
To champion Smile for Picture Day at home with your child or at your local school, please visit www.ColgateBSBF.com to download and share Colgate’s free oral health education materials, videos and more.