Elmo Teaches Children About Oral Health in 'Ready, Set, Brush!'

Thursday, October 16, 2008 General News
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ADA collaborates with Readers' Digest Children's Books and Sesame Workshop on book

CHICAGO, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sesame Street's lovable Elmo is helping teach children how to brush their teeth in a new book called "Ready, Set, Brush!" The book features images of Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Count and other Sesame characters in a pop-up book created to teach young children how to take care of their teeth. The book is the result of a collaborative effort between the American Dental Association (ADA), Readers' Digest Children's Books and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street.

"Parents have an enormous influence on their young children's oral health habits," said Dr. Kimberly Harms, ADA consumer advisor. "This book is designed to help parents teach the importance of oral health in a fun way."

"Ready, Set, Brush!" is available for purchase at a variety of retailers including Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Target, Costco and Sam's Club and at the ADA's 149th Annual Session and World Marketplace Exhibition at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio on Oct. 16 - Oct. 19. The Annual Session is expected to draw more than 30,000 dental professionals.

A life-size character of Elmo will make an appearance during the Annual Session in the ADA Pavilion to take photos with children Thursday, Oct. 16, from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

"What better way than to have Elmo remind another generation of children of the importance of good dental health?" said Harold Clarke, president and publisher, Reader's Digest Trade Publishing. "We are delighted to have the opportunity for Reader's Digest, Sesame Workshop and the ADA to combine resources on this project and hope that this book will be entertaining and educating kids for years to come."

Readers of the 12-page book can spin a wheel to see how much toothpaste they need to put on Elmo's toothbrush (a pea-sized amount instead of a large dollop), use a cutout brush to clean Marvin Monster's teeth and more.

"Sesame Workshop is pleased to have worked with the ADA for this Sesame Street children's book," said Jeanette Betancourt, Ed.D., vice president, Outreach and Educational Practices, Sesame Workshop. "It is just the start of an expected long-term collaboration in assuring that all young children, their families and caregivers have information that offers the need for preventive oral health practices that will last for a lifetime of well-being."

About the American Dental Association

Celebrating its 150th anniversary, the not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 156,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit the Association's Web site at www.ada.org.

SOURCE American Dental Association

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