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Hermey the Elf Awarded DDG by American Dental Association

Just in time for the holidays, families of Connecticut have a new dental health elf on their side after the American Dental Association (ADA) named Hermey the Elf a DDG—Dental Do Gooder. After 50 years of dreaming about becoming a dentist and promoting good dental health to his friend Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and everyone in the North Pole, now Hermey is helping families all over improve their dental health.

Just in time for the holidays, families of Connecticut have a new dental health elf on their side after the American Dental Association (ADA) named Hermey the Elf a DDG—Dental Do Gooder. After 50 years of dreaming about becoming a dentist and promoting good dental health to his friend Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and everyone in the North Pole, now Hermey is helping families all over improve their dental health. 

“As part of the ADA family, the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) is thrilled to share Hermey’s passion for dentistry with our community,” said Dr. Jeffrey Berkley, CSDA President. ”Hermey the Elf, DDG, is inspiring to both young people and those who are young at heart.” 

In honor of Hermey’s DDG designation, the ADA’s website, MouthHealthy.org, features a fun dental health quiz for families, plus a separate sweepstakes drawing to win a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer prize package. Free downloadable coloring book pages featuring Hermey and good dental health tips also appear on the ADA’s MouthHealthyKids.org. 

The animated classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” tells the tale of how Rudolph and Hermey were initially rejected by their peers for being different, yet they go on to triumph when they show that their differences make them unique and helpful to their community. The program airs Tuesday, December 9 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.    

The ADA encourages parents with children who have expressed an interest in a career in dentistry, like Hermey, to visit ADA.org. The ADA also recommends these family-friendly tips for good dental health all year long:  

  • Take your child to the dentist no later than his or her first birthday.
  • Brush teeth two minutes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance and supervise young children as they brush to make sure they spit out the toothpaste. 
    • Use a smear or rice-sized amount of toothpaste for children younger than three years old.
    • Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste for children three to six years old.

    • When a child has two teeth that touch, begin flossing once a day.
    • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and drink fluoridated water —a healthy diet is important for dental and overall health.
    • Replace toothbrushes every three to four months as frayed bristles can be less effective at cleaning teeth. 
  • Visit an ADA member dentist as directed. Regular dental visits can help prevent problems or catch them early when they are easier to treat.

 Editor’s Note: Reporters are invited to follow the ADA on Twitter @AmerDentalAssn

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About Connecticut State Dental Association
With approximately 2,600 members, including dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants, the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) advocates for the public’s health and promotes the profession of dentistry. This year, the CSDA celebrates 150 years as the trusted leader and voice for oral health care in Connecticut. For more information about the CSDA, visit the Association's Web site at www.csda.com.

About the American Dental Association
The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 158,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ada.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website MouthHealthy.org.

About the 50th Anniversary of the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Television Special
2014 is the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the longest running and highest rated holiday special of all time. The anniversary celebration includes a major tie-in with the U.S. Postal Service, the roll-out of the live stage show “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” into 25 cities, tribute promos from CBS, new products and programs across all retail channels, a collector’s edition DVD and Blu-ray with new bonus material, new theme park and in-mall attractions, a Carnegie Hall concert tribute and a social media campaign - #ShineBright - that celebrates uniqueness in association with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

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