The Tooth Fairy joined forces with the American Heart Association of King County for an afternoon of education, activities, and good nutrition. Summer can be hard for families who rely on the free or reduced cost meals provided by their schools. Through the work of the Food Innovation Network and the American Heart Association families with children 18 years and younger were invited to attend and receive free meals to ensure they are getting good, nutritious meals throughout the summer.
During the event the Tooth Fairies presented their third and final educational module and storybook. The module, “Feeding Your Smile”, focuses on the importance of healthy active lifestyles and good nutrition, and how those things contribute to good oral health. The storybook, The Smile Scouts – A Tooth Fairy Tale, by local children’s book author Kelly Rae Bahr, reinforces those lessons through a fun and creative tale about teamwork and sports.
During the presentation children learn how to pick healthy snacks, what items have hidden sugar, and how to protect their teeth while playing sports. At the conclusion of the activities, children were given their own copy of the new storybook and a dental health kit to bring home. The kits included a new toothbrush, dental floss, toothpaste, and a super cute two-minute timer.
Our continued partnership with the American Heart Association allows us to continue to bring education and health to all residents in the state as we continue our journey to a cavity free Washington.
Since its launch in 2019, as part of Delta Dental’s vision for a cavity-free Washington, the program aims to improve dental health habits at an early age, reduce the incidence of tooth decay and increase the number of kids who regularly visit the dentist.
The Tooth Fairy Experience was developed by Delta Dental of Washington in partnership with Arcora Foundation, School Nurse Organization of Washington and Washington State Dental Association – and is endorsed by the Washington Homeschool Organization. All materials have been dentist, teacher, school nurse and child reviewed.