"Flora and Floppy go to the Dentist" is a 20 minute interactive puppet show for children ages 3-8. This unique initiative was created as a result of an American Dental Association (ADA) grant that funded the theater to create a traveling puppet show.
The show debuted in the fall of 2008 to over 300 kids at a "Back to School Bash held at the S.C. State Fairgrounds. As of 2015, the show has been seen by more than 28,000 children at schools and Head Start Centers across the state.
"According to the 2012 Oral Health Needs Assessment (OHNA), 40.5 percent of South Carolina children in kindergarten and third grade have experienced tooth decay," said Raymond Lala, director of DHEC's Division of Oral Health. "The show is a great way to reach children across the state with oral health messages while they are being entertained. The value of this approach is that children learn key concepts about taking care of their mouths and teeth without even realizing that they are learning!"
Some of the messages highlighted in the show include:
- Brushing and flossing teeth
- Going to the dentist
- Getting dental sealants
- Eating healthy foods and limiting sugary foods and drinks
- Drinking fluoridated water
The theater is currently accepting requests for shows. The performances are designed for large groups of students. The cost of the show is $250 for locations within a 40 mile radius of Columbia. Add $25 for each 40 miles of travel outside of Columbia.For more information on scheduling a show, contact the South Carolina Dental Association at (803) 750-2277 or toll-free in S.C. 1-800-327-2598 or contact the theater directly at (803) 252-7366.