Tooth Wizard or Plaque Man will stop at two Fox Valley schools as part of Delta Dental of Illinois Land of Smiles program, which promotes to importance of oral health.
The two characters will visit Wayne Elementary School at 9 a.m. on Oct. 7 and at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 8 at Harrison Street Elementary School.
According to a news release from Delta Dental, the two costumed characters will teach kids the correct way to brush, floss and use fluoride rinse. They’ll also talk about the importance of choosing healthy foods and drinks, visiting the dentist regularly and having sealants applied.
According to the release, tooth decay can get in the way of students’ attendance, concentration and performance at school. Nearly 40% of Illinois elementary school children miss school because of cavities or other oral health problems.
The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation partners with school administrators and nurses to bring the free Land of Smiles program to Illinois elementary schools each spring and fall. The program has reached about 416,000 students at 861 Illinois elementary schools over the past 12 years. This year, it is reaching nearly 42,000 pre-kindergarten through third-grade students in 185 Illinois schools, the release stated.
Learn more about the Foundation and its Land of Smiles program at deltadentalil.com/ddilfoundation.