The Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation is partnering with Arizona PBS on an educational outreach program to promote good oral health to children in rural communities across the state.
The statewide campaign will boost family involvement in good oral health practices, focusing on the importance of brushing twice a day, changing toothbrushes regularly and visiting the dentist twice a year. A series of free events will be held from February to August in rural areas, including Bullhead City, Flagstaff, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Safford, Show Low, Somerton, Tuba City and Yuma. The events will feature PBS characters, educational crafts, activities and giveaways for children up to age 8. Local dental professionals will offer free dental screenings and fluoride varnish treatments.
“Community service is an essential part of Arizona PBS’ mission, so we’re excited to partner with Delta Dental of Arizona to help educate children and families in rural communities throughout Arizona on the importance of dental care,” Arizona PBS General Manager Adrienne Fairwell said.
In addition, children are encouraged to participate in a writing and illustration contest about dental health through Jan. 21. Prizes include a Play Pad tablet, electric toothbrushes and baskets of oral health goodies. Additional details and entry information are available at azpbs.org/writers.
“Tooth decay is the number one chronic disease among children and is nearly 100% preventable. By offering these free events with Arizona PBS, we hope to help families establish good oral health habits and recognize the power of a healthy smile,” said Michael Jones, president and chief executive officer of Delta Dental of Arizona.
Arizona PBS and Delta Dental of Arizona will continue to follow COVID-19 protocols recommended by the CDC to ensure the safety of participants. For a full listing of events, visit azpbs.org.
Written by Alyssa Gomez