Disease & Illness

Kindergarten And First Grade Teachers Can Get A Free Colgate Toothbrush Kit For Their Students

What a great program! Here's how to sign up.

Good oral hygiene habits need to start at an early age. Now, Colgate is teaming up with teachers to spread the word. The toothpaste company’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program provides a collection of classroom materials and free items for kindergarten and first-grade teachers to share with their students.

According to Colgate, the goal of the program is to provide kids with oral care education that will keep their teeth healthy for a lifetime. Each teacher who signs up online will receive Colgate toothpaste and toothbrush samples for 25 students.

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The program provides teachers with fun instructional materials for their kids. Meanwhile, the students will receive the tools necessary for practicing what they learn, thanks to the kits.

As the Colgate website reads, “The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures classroom kit is full of easy-to-use classroom materials, plus Colgate toothpaste and toothbrush samples for 25 kindergarteners or first-grade students. We make it easy to help kids learn healthy oral care habits that will last a lifetime.”

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In the U.S., one of the most common chronic children’s diseases is tooth decay. More specifically, more than 40 percent of children have tooth decay by the time they are in kindergarten. Tooth decay is five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever.

However, by educating children both at home and in the classroom, this disease can be reduced or even eliminated. Simple steps, such as providing toothpaste, toothbrushes and information to teachers, can go a long way.

Colgate also offers a plethora of educational material around dental health on their website. The company features everything from interactive activities to videos about learning how to floss, visiting the dentist for the first time and more. The one below features a song that kids can sing to themselves as they brush.

The educational information is available to download from the company’s site now. Colgate also encourages teachers to apply to get their classrooms kit as soon as possible. Classrooms will receive their materials by February 2019. As the toothpaste company points out, that’s just in time for National Children’s Dental Health month.

As Colgate writes, “Building a lifetime of healthy habits provides children with burgeoning self-esteem and a foundation for success – that’s the Power of a Bright Smile.”