December 2, 2009
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PDA Launches Interactive Kids’ Corner
Learning about oral health can be informative and fun at the same time! The Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) recently unveiled its brand new Kids’ Corner, featuring the lovable Topher Tooth. Designed specifically for kids, this feature is an excellent resource for children of all ages. It includes interactive games and activities, information on brushing and flossing, answers to frequently asked questions, nutritional information and more.
In the Games and Activities section, children will learn how to keep their teeth and gums healthy through a variety of interactive games. Children can take an exciting adventure through outer space in a special space shuttle, test their knowledge of oral health facts on a game show, explore a fascinating dental laboratory, join Marty on a visit to the dentist and test their memory skills.
Children will learn about the history of the tools we use to keep our smiles healthy by exploring Dental History and Fun Facts. The practice of dentistry and the products we use on our teeth have a long and fascinating history. For example, did you know that toothpaste was originally made of ingredients such as crushed bone and ox hooves' ashes or that the toothbrush was once made of cattle bone and animal hair?
Brushing and flossing daily are essential to maintaining a healthy mouth. In the Brushing and Flossing section, Topher Tooth teaches children about the importance of good oral hygiene, how to correctly brush and floss their teeth and how to prevent cavities.
What you eat and drink directly affects the health of your teeth and gums. In the Nutrition section, Topher Tooth offers children several tips to good nutrition, such as limiting sugary snacks and beverages. Children often have questions about their oral health, such as why they need braces and how they work to straighten teeth. Topher Tooth provides children with answers to frequently asked questions in a language that is easy to understand.
PDA’s website also contains additional resources for children and parents. PDA recently launched new and improved National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) sections of its website for dentists, teachers and students. The students’ and teachers’ sections feature downloadable activity sheets, a classroom lesson plan, history of NCDHM, poster contest information and comment forms.
If you are a parent, don’t forget to visit PDA's online Patient Resource Center. The Patient Resource Center is a great source of information on a variety of oral health topics from caring for baby teeth to what to expect at your child’s first dental visit to fluoride and many more. If you have specific questions about your child's oral health, please speak with your dentist.
the Pennsylvania Dental Association
Founded in 1868, the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) is comprised of approximately 6,000 member dentists. It is a constituency of the American Dental Association (ADA), the largest and oldest national dental society in the world. PDA’s mission is to improve the public health, promote the art and science of dentistry and represent the interests of its member dentists and their patients. PDA is the voice of dentistry in Pennsylvania. Learn more about PDA.