(PHOENIX, AZ. - Jan. 25, 2022) – The Children’s Museum of Phoenix and Delta Dental of Arizona (DDAZ) have partnered to bring oral health programming to the Museum for the month of February – National Children’s Dental Health Month. This marks the 14th consecutive year that the Museum and DDAZ have joined forces to provide oral health education programs to Museum visitors. The Museum will host interactive activities, shows and educational information all related to the mouth, teeth and oral health all month long.
The Great Flossini Presents “The Totally Tooth-Ular Magic Show”. Audience members become a part of the show with highly interactive magic routines designed specifically to reinforce the importance of brushing, flossing, eating healthy foods and visiting the dentist regularly. The Totally Tooth-Ular Magic Show will be presented First Friday Night, Feb 4 at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm. Shows will also be held on Feb 10, 16 and 25 at 10:30am and 11:30am with a special showing on Members-Only Night on Feb 18 at 5:30pm.
From First Tooth to Loose Tooth – a Q&A session with pediatric dentistry students from A.T. Still University. This program invites parents to ask questions about anything from thumb-sucking to the best time to take your baby to the dentist. From First Tooth to Loose Tooth will be presented First Friday Night, Feb 4th from 5pm to 9pm and on both Feb 12 and 26 from 10am to 12pm..
The Great Arizona Puppet Theater is also back again this year, performing the following fun oral health-themed puppet shows:
Lil’ Dino’s Baby Tooth @ 10am & 12pm on Sat. Feb 12
The Pirate and the Tooth Fairy @ 10am & 12pm on Sun. Feb. 13
Baby Bunny Brushes His Teeth @ 10am & 12pm on Sat. Feb. 19, Sun. Feb. 20 and Sat. Feb. 26
Daily hands-on activities range from art projects to teaching proper brushing techniques and flossing tactics, crafts to create tooth-saver necklaces, educational opportunities in the KIDchen and The Children’s Garden to learn about the healthy foods you can eat that help your teeth stay healthy and bright plus cool programs about the teeth of various animals.
In addition, back by popular demand are "Smile Bags" containing toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and fun facts about dental health. These free giveaways will be available daily 9am to 4pm to all visitors throughout the month including our field trip visitors.
Thanks to Delta Dental of Arizona, oral health programming and activities are free with paid Museum admission of $16.00/person. Children under the age of 1 are free as are Members of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.
“Tooth decay is the number one chronic disease among children and is nearly 100%
preventable. By partnering with the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, we hope to educate
parents and children to establish good oral health habits and recognize the power of a healthy
smile,” said Michael Jones, president and chief executive officer of Delta Dental of Arizona.
Masks are required for all visitors ages 2 and up regardless of vaccination status.
For a full schedule of activities at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix throughout the month of February, please visit www.childrensmuseumofphoenix.org/events.
About Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation
Delta Dental of Arizona is the leading dental benefits provider in Arizona, serving more than 1.2 million enrollees and more than 3,500 contracted dentists across the state. Passionate about oral health and its importance to generations of families, Delta Dental of Arizona has worked for nearly 50 years to improve oral health by emphasizing preventive care and making dental coverage accessible to a wide variety of employers, groups and individuals. Since 2010, Delta Dental of Arizona, through its Foundation, gave $12 million to support oral health education and disease prevention programs for underserved and uninsured communities across the state. For more information about Delta Dental of Arizona, visit www.deltadentalaz.com.