Captain Supertooth programs teach children importance of oral hygiene – Shawnee News-Star

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Delta Dental of Oklahoma is ringing in the new school year by providing free, educational resources to Oklahoma classrooms. As the state’s leading and only not-for-profit dental benefits provider, Delta Dental of Oklahoma has two oral health education programs, Captain Supertooth and MouthScience, available for Oklahoma educators and students through its Foundation.

“Championing positive oral hygiene habits is paramount to setting up kids for a lifetime of good dental health,” said Terrisa Singleton, director of the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation. “Our Captain Supertooth and MouthScience programs empower Oklahoma youth to care for their teeth.”

Cavities are one of the most common chronic childhood infectious diseases in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Untreated, tooth decay can result in an inability to eat or chew well, discolored and damaged teeth, and significant pain that can distract kids from playing and learning. Tooth decay is easily avoidable, and Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation’s Captain Supertooth and MouthScience programs motivate kids to engage in preventive practices to maintain and improve their oral health.

Captain Supertooth is a dental education program available to Oklahoma Pre-K through third grade students. This superhero mascot is available for in-person or virtual performances. To schedule a visit from Oklahoma’s defender of oral health, visit CaptainSupertooth.com.

MouthScience kits help illustrate the levels of acid and sugar contained in common drinks, encouraging kids to make healthier choices to better protect their teeth. Each MouthScience kit contains all the supplies needed for Oklahoma third through sixth grade teachers to facilitate hands-on science experiments, aligned with Oklahoma Academic Standards, in their own classrooms. To request a kit today, visitDDOKFoundation. org/MouthScience.

Both the Captain Supertooth and MouthScience programs are available at no charge to Oklahoma educators and students. All students who participate in either program will also receive a free toothbrush to help them maintain their oral health.

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