About the Program
CATCH Healthy Smiles is a program for grades K-2 that is designed to improve the oral health of students by teaching about and encouraging proper toothbrushing and flossing techniques, a nutritious diet, and regular visits to a dentist.
Through the program, students learn about the major factors that cause tooth decay and develop the skills needed to maintain a healthy smile. The program is designed to help students:
- Discover the causes of tooth decay, including dietary choices and poor oral health habits;
- Develop skills for brushing, flossing, and choosing tooth-healthy foods & drinks;
- Recognize the importance of regular dental visits; and,
- Create personal oral health care goals.
CATCH Healthy Smiles was developed by researchers at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, with funding support from the National Institutes of Health.
This program is FREE to schools in the U.S. thanks to generous support from the
Delta Dental Community Care Foundation
The #1 Childhood Disease: Tooth Decay
Poor Oral Health
56% of U.S. children
aged 6-8 have untreated cavities; gum disease affects 50% of kids.
Baby Teeth Matter
Kids with cavities in their baby teeth are 3x more likely to get cavities in their adult teeth.
Kids with poor oral health are 3x more likely to miss school and 2x more likely to perform poorly.
Meet the Characters
Swish reminds us to rinse our mouths with water after eating or drinking to get rid of stuck-on food and sugar.
Pearl’s two shiny teeth help you remember to brush for 2 minutes, with help from an adult, at least twice a day.
Weaver’s big front teeth remind you to be sure to weave floss between each tooth at least once per day.
Five 25-minute classroom sessions for each grade level from kindergarten-2nd grade with PowerPoint presentations.
- Classroom demonstrations that help kids develop the skills around proper brushing and flossing technique.
40+ standards-aligned extension activities designed to reinforce the classroom sessions and deepen understanding.
9 PE Supplemental Activities
2 CATCH Healthy Smiles Videos for use in the classroom.
Visual materials: posters, vocabulary word wall printable, & stickers.
Educator training on how to help students master essential brushing and flossing skills.
CATCH Healthy Smiles Champion training and Implementation Guide designed to help guide program implementation on site.
The Toothbrushing Routine Toolkit is designed to help teachers plan a successful toothbrushing routine for students.
Technical assistance for the digital implementation of CATCH Healthy Smiles.
Ongoing support and resources via the CATCH Healthy Smiles Teacher Facebook Group.
Parent Outreach Materials
Parent Fact Sheets, Infographics and At Home Activities in English and Spanish.
Oral health care goal sheets to be sent home with students.
Sample Parent Outreach Messaging.
Videos to reinforce learning.
Oral health care goal sheets to be sent home with students and completed with a guardian.
Slides to present the program to your campus wellness team and broader community.
School-Wide Engagement Toolkit
Sample morning announcements about oral health care.
Family Fun Night Guide to highlight oral health care during school events.
Posters for the classroom, bathroom and cafeteria.
Labels for the cafeteria food line to highlight tooth-friendly crunchy vegetables and fresh fruits.
Bulletin Board themes with printable materials to showcase oral health care theme.
Guidance for creating a healthy food/drink policy.
Health and Academic Standards Alignment
CATCH Healthy Smiles includes multiple curriculum components to address oral health. The program lessons are aligned to SHAPE National HPE Standards and Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS).
Core Program Alignments:
Physical Education Supplement Alignments:
Texas Coordinated School Health Mandate Compliance
CATCH Healthy Smiles satisfies the oral health component of the Coordinated School Health requirement listed in Texas Education Code §38.013.
In addition, the program has environmental components and parent outreach materials that help schools meet the wellness and policy requirements. Environmental components include school signage, messaging, ideas for parent engagement nights, and parent information following each lesson.
How to Get Started
Enroll via CATCH.org
Click ENROLL to add the program to your CATCH.org Dashboard. If you do not already have a free CATCH.org account, you will be prompted to create one as part of enrollment.
Complete the 30-minute training
The program includes a free self-paced training module that will orient you to the materials and instructional components.
Deliver the Program
Implement the 5 classroom lessons and send home the supporting parent materials.
Here you’ll find a variety of materials and resources to help you learn about oral health and develop family routines around dental care. Questions about the program? Contact Us
Learn important facts about oral health and proper hygiene with these engaging infographics, available in English and Spanish.View Infographics
A selection of fun oral health videos to watch with your kids, from trusted sources including PBS Kids and the American Dental Association.View Library
These fun home activities are designed to be done with your child as a way of reinforcing what is being taught in the classroom.View Activities
Sesame Street: Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me: Can’t Go Wrong Song
Elmo and Abby know that crunchy fruits and vegetables can help keep teeth healthy and strong!Watch on YouTube
Sesame Street: Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me: Open Sesame Song
Abby Cadabby reminds us to “Open Sesame!” for the friendly people who help keep our teeth healthy and strong!Watch on YouTube
Let’s Brush Our Teeth
Help your child get excited about brushing for the full 2 minutes and remember to help them brush at least twice a day.Watch on YouTube
Brush like a Dentist
Are you ready to brush like a dentist? Follow all the tooth-cleaning action with CATCH Healthy Smiles!Watch on YouTube
How to Floss Your Teeth
Brief video from the American Dental Association on the proper technique for flossing you teeth.Watch on YouTube
Please use the form below to submit any questions or comments about CATCH Healthy Smiles.