For The Arkadelphian
On Saturday, Aug. 20, Mid-America Science Museum will be hosting Toothapalooza sponsored by Delta Dental from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This annual family-friendly event will offer a range of fun and messy educational activities for guests to explore the importance of oral health, and the first 500 guests get free admission to the museum.
During the event, the Mid-America Science Museum will feature several oral health activity stations to educate guests on the importance and techniques of dental hygiene. Activity stations will include a flossing model, toothpaste slime, a microscope view of teeth, as well as several other educational activities. By completing tasks at each station, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in our oral health bingo. Completed bingo cards can be redeemed for free backpacks and oral health goody-bags in time for back to school.
The museum will also be hosting a Dino boxing match where Flossiraptor and Plaquesauraus will square off in the ring for a battle royal.
Mid-America Science Museum’s CEO, Diane LaFollette said, “I’m excited to partner with Delta Dental and bring Toothapalooza back to the museum. This is a great event for our community, especially for families gearing up for school. Museums are about learning, and Toothapalooza provides an opportunity for young people to learn about one of the most important aspects of personal health, oral hygiene. Thanks to Delta Dental’s sponsorship, the first 500 guests receive free admission.”
“Tooth decay is the number one childhood disease in the country, yet it is almost entirely preventable,” said Matt Vermillion, manager of Delta Dental Smiles at Delta Dental of Arkansas. “Poor oral health impairs a child’s ability to speak, eat, chew, and swallow properly, and it leads to absenteeism from school or distraction in class. We host Toothapalooza to spotlight oral health and motivate children and their families to make brushing and flossing a part of their daily routines and take advantage of preventive care dentist visits.”
Toothapalooza is an annual event sponsored by Delta Dental of Arkansas in partnership with three science museums across the state: the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville, the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, and the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs. It aims to educate Arkansas families about the importance of oral hygiene and share resources for those with no dental insurance.
Delta Dental is Arkansas’s largest dental benefits provider, helping more than 800,000 Arkansans keep their smiles healthy through commercial and Medicaid coverage. As a not-for-profit company, Delta Dental is committed to improving the oral health of Arkansans through the philanthropic efforts of its foundation, which donated more than $3 million to support oral health education initiatives in the last three years.
For more information about Toothapalooza, visit https://midamericamuseum.org/ or call (501) 767-3461.