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Drinks Destroy Teeth wins Golden Apple Award


The American Dental Association (ADA) awarded Drinks Destroy Teeth, an oral health outreach program for Indiana children, with its prestigious 2011 Golden Apple Award last Friday, Sept. 9. The program is a special initiative of the Indiana Dental Association to educate young people about the harmful effects of sugary and acidic drinks.

Awarded annually, the Golden Apple is the ADA’s highest award to state initiatives to advance oral health.

“Trendy drinks are causing our children to experience decay and loss of tooth enamel unprecedented in modern times,” said Dr. Diane Buyer, chair of the Drinks Destroy Teeth program. “Receiving the Golden Apple award provides a wonderful opportunity to continue promoting this message both locally and nationally through the program.”

This year the Drinks Destroy Teeth program will distribute oral health science kits to all 1,048 public elementary schools in Indiana, which will reach up to 166,000 students. In coming months Dr. Buyer will travel the state to present the program to local dental societies, schools and other groups.

The program currently targets fourth- and fifth-grade students, but is expected to expand to reach a broader demographic in future years.

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