Land of Smiles: Recap

Posted on May 27, 2014 in In the Community

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation's “Land of Smiles” program kicked off in January and has been teaching cavity fighting habits to pre-kindergarten through third-grade students with their highly entertaining show.

During this educational program, provided free to schools by the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, students learn how to properly remove plaque from teeth to fight cavities, helping heroic Tooth Wizard defeat his arch-enemy PlaqueMan for the health of kids' smiles.

The two costumed characters demonstrate the correct way to brush and floss teeth using an oversized mouth and teach kids why it is important to visit the dentist twice a year. The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation provides kids who attend the program a goody bag with oral health supplies, and each participating school receives a curriculum kit to help reinforce good oral health habits with its students throughout the year.

“We are always excited about the opportunity to teach Illinois children about good oral health habits,” said Lora Vitek, director of philanthropy and community relations. “It's extremely important that parents and caregivers also establish and reinforce these same habits at home.”

This year, more than 30,000 pre-kindergarten through third-grade students in more than 130 Illinois elementary schools enjoyed the “Land of Smiles” program. The program has reached nearly 210,000 students at more than 700 Illinois schools in the past seven years.

To learn more about the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation visit