Share Your Smile with Alabama Photo Contest

Fourth Annual Share Your Smile With Alabama Photo Contest 2021

The Oral Health Office of the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announces the winners of the fourth annual smile photo contest for third grade students in Alabama, as National Children’s Dental Health Month is celebrated during February.

A boy and a girl were selected from photo submissions as the overall winners of the “Share Your Smile with Alabama” campaign for 2021. Bentley Darlington of Pine Level Elementary School in Autauga County and Kataleya Harris of Gardendale Elementary School in Jefferson County were chosen as the contest winners. The third graders will be spotlighted in ADPH marketing campaigns to promote children’s oral health in the state.

This year’s national campaign slogan is “Water: Nature’s Drink!”  State Dental Health Director Dr. Tommy Johnson said, “We want to encourage children to drink environmentally friendly tap water that contains fluoride and to develop good oral health habits such as brushing and flossing. In addition, they should eat a healthy diet that limits sugary beverages and snacks and visit their dentist regularly. These habits will help kids develop a lifetime of healthy smiles.”

Good oral health is especially important for children. Cavities (also known as caries or tooth decay) are among the most common chronic conditions of children in the United States and is nearly 100 percent preventable. Untreated dental cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing and learning. Children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades than their classmates.

The ADPH Oral Health Office is dedicated to preventing dental disease for Alabama's citizens by promoting and developing quality, cost-effective community and school-based preventive, educational and early treatment programs which emphasize the elimination of oral health disparities.

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Third Annual Share Your Smile With Alabama Photo Contest 2020

The third annual Share Your Smile with Alabama Photo Contest was a huge success! Thank you to all who participated and submitted photos. The votes are in and we are proud to announce Brison Williams of Lafayette Lanier Elementary School in Valley, AL, and Saya Bell of Paine Elementary School in Trussville, AL are our official winners for 2020!

The two third graders were selected as the overall winners of the Share Your Smile with Alabama photo contest. They will be spotlighted in future ADPH Oral Health marketing for 2020, and their bright smiles will help promote February as National Children's Dental Health Month.

On January 10, 2020 a live news conference was held at ADPH in Montgomery, AL where both Brison and Saya were presented with an award for being chosen as the 2020 Share Your Smile with Alabama photo contest winners. For a picture of our lucky winners, and to view the News Release, see the links below.

2020 Share Your Smile News Release

2020 Winners: Brison and Saya



Second Annual Share Your Smile Contest 2019

After a second successful year of the Share Your Smile with Alabama Photo Contest, The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Oral Health Office has officially named the two lucky third grade winners!

Brian Escobar of Jacksonville, AL and Aiyana Velazquez of Arab, AL were selected as the overall winners of the Share Your Smile with Alabama photo contest. They will be spotlighted in future ADPH Oral Health marketing for 2019, and their bright smiles will help promote February as National Children's Dental Health Month.

On February 1, 2019 a live news conference was held at ADPH in Montgomery, AL where both Aiyana and Brian were presented with an award for being chosen as the 2019 Share Your Smile with Alabama photo contest winners. For a picture of our lucky winners, and to view the News Release and Live News Conference, see the links below.

First Annual Share Your Smile Contest 2018

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) held our first annual “Share Your Smile with Alabama” statewide photo contest in fall 2017.

Two children, one girl and one boy, were selected from photo submissions as the overall winners of the campaign. Kerrigan Benn of Jacksonville and Haedyn Leverette of Montgomery were chosen as the contest winners. The pair of third graders will be spotlighted in ADPH marketing campaigns to promote children’s oral health in the state.





Page last updated: February 1, 2021