Tooth Wizard and Plaque Man arrived at North Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon as part of the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation “Land of Smiles” Program. The program is used to teach children about cavity-combating oral health habits to help prevent tooth decay and cavities. Lora Vitek, Director of Philanthropy and Community Relations for the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation told Regional Radio News they use superhero-like characters in their presentation to make it more interactive and educational for the students.
Vitek stated tooth decay is preventable by brushing your teeth, flossing, and seeing your dentist and mentioned nearly 40% children had at least one cavity in the past year.
Children who watched the program received knowledgeable tips about how to care for their teeth, and were also given a “Land of Smiles” bag containing toothpaste, a toothbrush, floss, and an oral health booklet. The school also received a curriculum kit to help teachers reinforce good oral health habits in the classroom.
*Photos submitted by Linda Frost, North Elementary School Tech Aide