Land of Smiles
Since its inception, the Land of Smiles has been performed more than 1,500 times at elementary schools throughout Illinois, educating more than 416,000 children. In the Land of Smiles program, Tooth Wizard and his arch nemesis PlaqueMan visit Illinois elementary schools to interactively teach the value and practice of brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash. They also discuss how sealants work, educate students about good and bad foods for teeth and emphasize the importance of visiting the dentist twice a year. Children each receive a Land of Smiles goodie bag containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and a sheet of oral health tips explaining how to take care of their teeth.
The Land of Smiles program has visited all of the counties shown below in green. In 2016, the program visited 5 new counties in Illinois which are noted in dark green.