May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


The Monster-Free Mouths Movement is Turning Two!

Feature Article

November 2015 Volume L Number 6

Since its launch in January 2014, the Monster-Free Mouths Movement has educated thousands of parents, caregivers and media on the critical importance of children’s oral health issues and early oral care. This coming year will feature more exciting developments that build on the success of the past two years of Monster-Free Mouths.
AAPD launched the Mouth Monsters hub ( in October 2014, introducing a new platform to talk to consumers and media about optimal oral care for all children. The hub features practical information and expert insight from pediatric dentists to help parents, caregivers and media understand important topics related to the health of little teeth. If you haven’t checked out the hub lately, here are some recent highlights:
  • "Understanding Protective Stabilization"—Dr. Dennis McTigue provides guidance on the use of protective stabilization so parents and caregivers feel empowered to make an informed choice on what is right for their children.
  • "Healthy Teeth and Special Needs Children: What Parents Need to Know"—Dental care is the leading unmet health care need among children with special needs, according to the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. To help parents of special needs children, Dr. John Hendry addresses key considerations to ensure healthy little teeth for special needs children, and outlines what parents should ask the dentist before the child’s first visit.
  • "Ask a Pediatric Dentist and Dad"—AAPD president, Dr. Robert Delarosa, gives his perspective as a pediatric dentist — and father of two — on how he helps conquer the Mouth Monsters.
  • "Tooth Fairy Traditions"—We provide ideas for fun traditions to help children mark the milestone of losing their baby teeth.
  • "Teething 101: Tips from a Dentist and Dad"—AAPD’s immediate past president, Dr. Edward Moody, offers
    tried-and-true tips for parents with a teething baby.
AAPD continues to add new, engaging content every month. Keep an eye out for a new bimonthly series, "Little Teeth Truths," where pediatric dentists answer parents’ most common and pressing questions about healthy little teeth.
Visit the hub regularly and remind parents and caregivers to check out the site for the latest in children’s oral health. And don’t forget to share! You can quickly post Mouth Monsters content to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ with one simple click. By doing so, you provide educational and fun content for the families that follow your practice while reinforcing AAPD’s critical messages, such as the importance of early oral care and the unique expertise of pediatric dentists.
More to Smile About This Year – AAPD Tweets!
After cultivating a Facebook community of highly engaged parents and caregivers, AAPD has made its way to Twitter to join conversations and contribute expertise to children’s oral health topics. Follow @AmerAcadPedDent and join the conversation.
AAPD tirelessly pursues our mission of optimal oral health and health care for children. We look forward to bringing the Monster-Free Mouths Movement to more parents and patients while supporting members through initiatives that ensure healthy and happy smiles for all children.
For more information, please contact Public Relations Senior Manager Erika Hoeft at


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