February is National Children's Dental Health Month, known as NCDHM. This annual program is designed to educate Pennsylvania children about the importance of good oral health. 


As part of NCDHM, PDA conducts a prize-filled poster contest for third-grade students. Ask your teacher to download the NCDHM lesson plan and other important information found on this website. The lesson plan is full of fun activities that teach you about the importance of good oral health. Plus, you could win a prize worth $100, $250 or even $500!

This year's NCDHM campaign slogan, "Sugar Wars" features Flossy and Buck McGrinn, Den and Gen Smiley, and their trusty pal K-9. The USS SugarSwatter crew know the importance of good dental habits and just how to fight the sugars that can cause cavities and poor oral health.

First, it’s 
important to avoid eating sugary snacks and instead make healthy food choices - like fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean proteins instead of sweet snacks like cookies, candy and cake. When our crew is thirsty, they opt for water to drink, rather than soda pop. Even so, they follow the “2min2x” rule. That’s code for “brush your teeth two minutes, two times a day.” 

Flossy, Buck, Den, and Gen know the importance of good dental habits to keep their smiles bright. They brush their teeth when they get up in the morning and again before they go to bed at night. They also floss once each day to clean the spaces in between their teeth. Because Den wears braces, he is especially careful about keeping his teeth healthy so he has a bright smile when the braces come off.

Do you want to join the crew of the USS SugarSwatter and fight for good oral health? Join in the fun by playing the games and completing the activities to learn how to take good care of your teeth.

Remember the code“2min2x”! For a super smile and healthy mouth, brush your teeth two minutes, two times a day.

Poster Contest

Learn More about how you could win $500 and view past winners.

History of NCDHM

Read about the history of this program and share it with your teacher.

Classroom Lesson & Activities

Fun activities are available for download for you and your classmates.