Statewide Children’s Dental Poster Contest


All Washington County Elementary Schools are encouraged to participate in this year’s State of Maine Dental Health Month Poster Contest. The Washington County Children’s Program (a division of United Cerebral Palsy of Maine) invites area schools to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month by hosting a poster contest for their students during the month of February. Schools should separate posters into 4 categories:  (1.) Grade K; (2.) Grades 1-2; (3.) Grades 3-4; (4.) Grades 5-6, with teachers choosing a winner from each category and entering only their four winning posters in the statewide contest. These four posters should be sent to: Oral Health Program, Maine CDC, 11 State House Station, 286 Water St., 5th Floor,  Augusta, ME, 04333-0011.

This year’s poster contest theme is “Get a Gold Medal Smile.” Posters should illustrate the importance of oral health and ways to keep teeth healthy. A basic understanding of good oral health concepts is required. For example, eating nutritious foods, having regular dental check-ups, getting dental sealants, daily brushing and flossing, or using mouth guards are all essential to have a healthy smile. Colorful posters that are easily seen from a distance are what judges are looking for. All posters should be horizontally-oriented and be drawn on white paper that is 12”x 18”, unless that size absolutely cannot be obtained. The student’s name, age, grade, teacher, school name, address, phone number, and SAD, RSU, or School Union must be printed on the back of the poster.

Deadline for entries is March 30. Posters will be displayed at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Oral Health Program in Augusta. Judges will include representatives of the contest co-sponsors of the event from the Maine Dental Hygienist Association and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  

All entrants will be recognized and winners should expect to be notified by April 30, 2013. Prizes of a gift certificate will be awarded in each of the four judging categories for first, second, and third place winners. Entries will eventually be returned to their artists. For more information, please contact Teresa Alley at 255-3426. Contest judges stress that contestants must follow the contest rules carefully and if a student (or parent) does not wish for their poster to be duplicated to keep on file or distribute, please print the words 

“Do Not Duplicate” on the back of the poster with the student’s name.