Children’s Dental Health Month

Defeat Monster Mouth PosterEach February, the Kansas Dental Association participates in the National Children’s Dental Health Month campaign to educate children, parents and teachers on the importance of good oral health.

The ADA recently announced that for 2015, they have selected an exciting new theme – “Defeat Monster Mouth.”

View and download educational materials from the American Dental Association’s 2015 CDHM campaign here.

The KDA will hold its annual Coloring Contest, as well as the 2nd annual Children’s Dental Health Month Class Project Contest, in February as scheduled – and ALL third grade students in Kansas are invited to participate!

Each elementary school in Kansas has received an information packet containing contest rules, entry forms, posters, and activity sheets.

Third grade students can submit an original drawing on the official KDA Drawing Contest entry form for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card – and as a bonus – the teacher of the winning student will receive a $100 Visa gift card! Entries are to be submitted to the Council on Children’s Dental Health District Chairpersons for judging and must be postmarked no later than March 2, 2015.

In addition, third grade teachers can help their students create a class project with the “Defeat Monster Mouth” theme for a chance to win a $100, $250, or even $500 Visa gift card to buy classroom supplies. Entries are to be submitted to the KDA via email or standard mail for judging. Entries must be postmarked no later than March 30, 2015.

Download KDA Drawing Contest and Class Project Contest materials below:

Drawing Contest Rules
Drawing Contest Entry Form
Class Project Contest Rules
Teaching Materials List

For inquiries about the contest rules, where to send your completed entries, or to request dental health educational materials, please email or call 785-272-7360.

How Does the KDA Help Improve Children’s Dental Health?

Traditionally, the KDA has worked with third grade students and teachers across the state by providing educational materials and inviting the classes to participate in a coloring contest.

The 2014 theme was “2min2x” and students were to create an original drawing that demonstrates brushing for two minutes, twice a day to fight tooth decay.

Third graders from all over Kansas submitted their artwork for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card, as well as a $100 Visa gift card for their teacher to use on classroom activities. The entries were then judged by the component district chairperson and their staff.

The Council on Children’s Dental Health made the decision to award a prize to both the teacher and the student as a way to boost participation in the contest.

“In year’s past, a bicycle was awarded to the winning student, however, response has been dwindling over the past few years and many districts were not receiving any entries at all,” said Niki Sadler of the Kansas Dental Association. “The idea was to target those who could actually influence the classroom curriculum. We felt that benefitting the teacher as well as the student, would show the teacher that we appreciate their service. The teacher is the one who makes a difference.”

In addition, teachers were able to submit a dental health class project to the KDA for the chance to win a larger prize – a $500 Visa gift card. We challenged them to be creative and show us what they were doing to promote dental health in the classroom. The presentations were evaluated by the CDHM district chairs and KDA staff. The top 3-4 finalists were then judged by member dentists at the KDA annual business meeting on April 12, 2014.

“It’s Going Down, I’m Yelling Brush,” a music video created by Vanessa Sawyer’s third grade class at Eisenhower Elementary in Wellington, KS received the highest number of votes.

Several KDA staff members attended an all-school assembly at Eisenhower Elementary to present Mrs. Sawyer’s class with their $500 prize.

Niki Sadler, KDA Operations Coordinator, spoke about the importance of having good dental health. Almost everyone in the room chimed in to shout, “Twice a day!” when asked how often they were supposed to brush their teeth to prevent cavities. Sadler reminded students to brush their teeth for two minutes when they wake up and again before bed.

Catherine Calderwood’s class from Woodland Health and Wellness Magnet Elementary in Wichita placed second with their music video “That’s What Keeps our Teeth so Clean.” Renee Bowmaker’s students from Holy Spirit Catholic School in Goddard, KS placed third with their play entitled “Good Tooth Fairy v. Bad Tooth Fairy.”

Below are the third grade drawing contest contest winners, listed by district.


Central District Winner

Central District
Cimarron Elementary
Cimarron, KS
Teacher: Mrs. Voth


5th District CDHM Winner_0007

Fifth District
Wolf Creek Elementary
Spring Hill, KS
Teacher: Ms. Prentiss


First District Winner

First District
Macarthur Elementary
Fort Leavenworth, KS
Teacher: Mrs. Hopkins


Flint Hills District Winner

Flint Hills District
Osage City Elementary
Osage City, KS
Teacher: Mrs. Linton


NWGB District Winner

NWGB District
Plainville Elementary
Plainville, KS
Teacher: Mrs. Simon


7th District Winner

Seventh District
Goessel Elementary
Goessel, KS
Teacher: Mr. Wiens


Southeast District Winner

Southeast District
R.V. Haderlein Elementary
Girard, KS
Teacher: Mrs. Martin


CDHM Artwork

Southern District
Frances Willard Elementary
Arkansas City, KS
Teacher: Mrs. Cales


Topeka District Winner

Topeka District
Shawnee Heights Elementary
Topeka, KS
Teacher: Mrs. Fleischer


Wichita District Winner

Wichita District
Colwich Grade School
Wichita, KS
Teacher: Mrs. Kincaid

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