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March 4, 2022

Vote for Your Favorite Posters This Week to Support Children’s Dental Health in Maine

Public voting is open from Monday, March 7, through noon (EST) Friday, March 11, for this year’s Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) School Oral Health Program Poster Contest, an initiative that raises awareness about good oral health for school-age children in Maine and coincides with National Children’s Dental Health Month in February.


Voting takes place in four separate categories based on grade: Preschool through kindergarten, grades first through second, grades third through fourth, and grades fifth through sixth.


Anyone can vote on their favorite posters per category through the following Survey Monkey link until noon (EST), Friday, March 11; winners will be announced later that same day: surveymonkey.com/r/2022_SOHP


Names of students and any identifying features were removed from the posters. Please disregard any redacted areas to protect their privacy.


In February, Sherry Laliberte, a registered dental hygienist at MCD Public Health, sent information to Maine public schools about the poster contest for students to create an illustrated poster on what oral health means to them. Winners will receive a prize that includes an electronic toothbrush, floss, reading material, toothpaste, and more.


Almost half of Maine children didn’t have dental coverage in 2019, and many children who have coverage are not using their dental benefits. Integrating oral health into children's primary care as early as possible is vital to ensuring a healthier life into adulthood.


Learn more about this initiative.


About the School Oral Health Program

The School Oral Health Program is committed to providing oral health education and prevention services to thousands of children who attend a participating Maine public elementary school, primarily pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Prevention services delivered include dental screenings, fluoride varnish applications, and, when applicable, dental sealants. The program focuses on resources at elementary schools where children are at increased risk of tooth decay and have difficulty accessing regular oral health care. Participation in the program’s services is determined by the number of children who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Rate program.


About MCD Public Health

Medical Care Development (MCD) is a global health nonprofit and National Public Health Institute that envisions a world in which all people have access to high-quality solutions to improve and maintain their health and well-being. MCD partners with the Maine CDC in staffing the public health workforce in different areas including the School Oral Health Program.



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