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Tiny Smiles Scholastic logo  

As someone who works with children, you know how a tiny smile can brighten your day. Yet parents may not always make the connection between oral health, overall health, and well-being.

Untreated tooth decay can lead to pain and infections, which can affect a child’s ability to speak, eat, play, and learn. Fortunately, early intervention and proactive education can help. Tooth decay is preventable!

The American Dental Association has collaborated with Scholastic to provide free resources to raise awareness about the oral health needs of children ages 0 (birth) to 5. With your help, we can reinforce positive health messages to help parents and caregivers give their children bright smiles and healthy futures.

Visit the Tiny Smiles website to view and download materials. Thank you for your efforts in raising awareness about children’s oral health and for protecting those tiny smiles.

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Tiny Smiles information flyer

History and Outcomes:

Tiny Smiles was developed with input from stakeholders in the dental, medical, and education communities.

Phase 1, pilot program (2017-2018):

  • 4,000 print copies distributed, and materials were available online at Scholastic.com
  • Pilot program target areas: St. Louis, Brooklyn, and Chicago (urban); and Alaska, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee (rural)
  • Targeted stakeholders included early childhood educators, medical professionals (OB/GYNs and pediatricians), and dentists
  • Stakeholders were required to complete a pre-program survey in order to receive printed materials, then were invited to complete a post-program survey
  • Tiny Smiles materials were updated based on stakeholder feedback

Phase 2, soft national launch (2018-2019)

  • 13,500 copies distributed nationally, and materials were available online at Scholastic.com
  • Targeted stakeholders included early childhood educators, medical professionals (OB/GYNs and pediatricians), and dentists
  • Stakeholders were required to complete a pre-program survey in order to receive printed materials, then were invited to complete a post-program survey (16.5% response rate)

Examples of Phase 2 outcomes:

Tiny Smiles infographic  

Phase 3, national launch (2019-2020)