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National Children's Dental Health Month

The American Dental Association established the special observance of National Children's Dental Health Month over 50 years ago to help encourage good oral health habits at a young age. Each February, volunteer dentists throughout the state coordinate and plan activities designed to reinforce the NCDHM them.

Since 1992, ISDS has sponsored a Statewide Coloring Contest for kids in kindergarten through third grades. ISDS designs a coloring sheet that incorporates both the ADA theme for the year and the Society's official mascot, Flossie. Each year, kids display their artistic talents by entering the contest. Winners receive retail store gift cards. Entry forms must be returned to the Illinois State Dental Society by February 28. Contest winners will be notified by mail by May 1.

arn how you can incorporate Flossie, the ISDS Mascot, into your activities by clicking​ hereQuestions? Contact Gloria Pitchford at

Making Plans
Need some ideas for your next National Children’s Dental Health Month observance? The ADA is full of ideas, check out their website​ by clicking here.

Tell us about your NCDHM Program!
We want to hear about your National Children’s Dental Health Month program or event! Whether you participated as part of your local component’s activities or as an individual or small group, your event is a vital part of spreading the message about good oral health habits to kids in Illinois. Fill out the NCDHM form by clicking here!

Contact ISDS Communications Assistant Gloria Pitchford at 800/475-4737 with any questions.