The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry, the museum of the profession, announces its first traveling exhibition, Branches, Bristles and Batteries: Toothbrushes Through Time. A press conference will be held in celebration on Friday, October 18, 2002 at 10 a.m. at the exhibition's first host museum, The Louisiana Children's Museum in New Orleans.
Dr. James Bramson, Executive Director, American Dental Association will be the featured speaker at the press conference as well as representatives from Colgate-Palmolive, the National Museum of Dentistry and the Louisiana Children's Museum. Branches, Bristles and Batteries: Toothbrushes Through Time provides an opportunity for the museum visitor to learn the importance of oral health in overall health.
The NMD is providing an opportunity for dental professionals and their families from all over the United States attending the 143rd American Dental Association Annual Session to visit and explore Branches, Bristles and Batteries: Toothbrushes Through Time. This exhibition was developed by the Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry located in Baltimore, Maryland and made possible through the generous support of Colgate-Palmolive.
The exhibition brings creativity and hands-on fun to learning the history of the toothbrush, developing a knack for healthy snacks, proper brushing techniques and other toothy facts. The bold, colorful timeline juxtaposes world events with the toothbrushes' journey from ancient Babylonia where people used 'tooth sticks' to clean their teeth through to today's state of the art battery powered toothbrushes. Brushella the Toothfairy guides visitors through the interactive computer program, the "Essential Toothbrush," where visitors explore the toothbrush evolution through an enhanced timeline, create virtual toothbrushes and learn proper care and storage of the toothbrush. Visitors learn how to correctly brush away plaque using an oversized mouth model and oversized toothbrush at the "Plaque Attackers" station and choose healthy foods at the "Food for Thought" station.
WHEN: Friday October 18, 2002
WHERE: The Louisiana Children's Museum
420 Julia Street (Located between Magazine and Tchoupitoulas Streets)
New Orleans, LA 70130
NOTES: The American Dental Association 143rd Annual Session (October 18 to 22, 2002) will be held at the Morial Convention Center, only four blocks from the Louisiana Children's Museum.
The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, celebrates the great heritage of dentistry, its present and its future. The Museum's historical artifacts, interactive exhibitions and engaging programs expand public awareness of the importance of oral health in overall health. For additional information, call 410.706.0600 or visit www.dentalmuseum.