Tooth Fairy Jasmine and new Tooth Fairy Carli celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month with a visit to Seattle’s favorite children’s museum.
To celebrate its reopening and In support of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the Seattle Children’s Museum invited the Tooth Fairy Experience to the museum on February 25.
“We create and maintain museum spaces, events and programs that are inclusive, engaging, playful and fun for all of the region’s kids and families,” said Seattle Children’s Museum Education and Programs Manager Ashlin Lee. “We have a very diverse group of visitors and having the Tooth Fairies in really adds to the experience of our guests, in addition to educating them on how to take care of their teeth.”
Led by the Tooth Fairies, more than 100 visitors attended one of three story time sessions of oral health education books and a demonstration on proper oral hygiene to brush, floss, and smile. Between readings, the Tooth Fairies interacted with the hundreds of visitors throughout the museum and spent dedicated time on coloring activities with the youth, too.
“Having the Tooth Fairies talking to the kids is magical! The Tooth Fairies are fun, energetic, and reach a large audience in a short time. They brought more visitors into the reading room. It really helped our visitors get the full experience and really grasp what they were teaching about oral health,” said Lee.
Through our community partnerships, Delta Dental of Washington and Arcora Foundation help expand access to dental care across Washington state. Our community partnerships encourage youth to establish good, lifelong oral health practices.
The Tooth Fairy Experience collaborated with the Seattle Children’s Museum to support National Children’s Dental Health Month, continuing our ongoing mission to encourage youth to establish good, lifelong oral, and overall, health practices and to reach as many Washington residents as possible. Additionally, the visit helped celebrate the children museum’s reopening since the pandemic when access to oral health education was limited and less accessible to underserved populations.
In a statement to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the pandemic workgroup urged agencies to prioritize oral health and to recognize it as integral to overall health.
"The pandemic has clearly shown that oral health inequities in our nation are profound," the groups wrote. "Access to oral health care remains out of reach for low-income families and individuals, communities of color, tribal communities and many rural communities."
“We loved having Delta Dental of Washington’s tooth fairies visit us again,” said Lee, referring to a special member event from the Delta Dental of Washington Tooth Fairy last Halloween, “and more interactive and playful learning for all of our museum visitors since the pandemic is certainly welcomed!”
For more information on Seattle Children’s Museum, please visit SeattleChildrensMuseum.org