Right around Halloween in 2012, the American Dental Association (ADA) teamed up with PopCap Games to create a campaign for kids to help “Stop Zombie Mouth”. PopCap Games is famous for their game “Plants vs. Zomb
ies”. Back in 2012, the ADA was distributing playing cards to dental offices all over the country to give to kids that contained characters from the PopCap game.
Though they stopped making the playing cards after Halloween 2012, the ADA made a website that features videos, games, and tons of “Freebies” for kids to learn about oral health. D.K., Plak, Rott, and P.U. are the 4 characters that make up the “Putrid Posse”. Together they attack and destroy healthy teeth. The Zombie Mouth website contains numerous interactive activities and printables for kids of all ages to learn how to help keep their mouths healthy and stop the Putrid Posse!
How Do You Stop Zombie Mouth?
The “Stop Zombie Mouth” campaign focuses on teaching kids about the relationship between eating healthy foods and having healthy teeth. Here are 7 ways that you can teach kids to stop Zombie Mouth:
- 2×2! Brush for two minutes two times per day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss between your teeth daily.
- Eat fruits and veggies instead of sugary and starchy snacks.
- Wear a mouth guard while playing sports.
- Don’t smoke or use tobacco.
- Don’t pierce your lips or any other part of your mouth.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Dentists get lonely!
Who Can Treat Zombie Mouth?
This Halloween, our office in Boise, Idaho wanted to help spread the word again. Halloween is an exceptionally tempting time for kids to get in the habit of eating a lot of sweets. That habit tends to extend through the holidays with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years celebrations! Dr. Dave at Victory Dental is a part of the ADA and is part of the team of doctors around the nation helping to stop Zombie Mouth.
If you are worried about oral health and aren’t sure where to start, take a look at the ADA’s website Mouth Healthy for tips and information for maintaining a healthy mouth from pregnancy all the way through to adults over 60 years in age.