Oral Health is an important issue that significantly impacts a child’s overall health and development.

Nationwide there is a lack of awareness when it comes to children’s oral health and hygiene, with two in five parents believing that cavities happen to all children.

Oral Health is an important issue that significantly impacts a child’s overall health and development; we know that poor oral health early in life can affect a number of factors including: performance at school, social skills and self-esteem.

There is a huge opportunity for parents, teachers and dental professionals to band together to devise innovative, entertaining and interactive ways to make oral care fun for Australian children and to educate them on the importance of looking after their teeth. By working together, we can ensure that the younger generation have strong and healthy teeth for life.

The Bright Smiles Bright Futures™ program gives teachers, children and families the tools they need to make a good oral health a permanent part of their lives. The program focuses on messages surrounding prevention to build confidence to enable kids to take control of their own oral health. We want children to understand not just what they need to do to have healthy teeth for life but also why!

Submit your child’s best toothy artwork and WIN!

Every year Colgate® runs the Bright Smiles, Bright Futures™ global artwork competition, this year’s theme is “Why my Bright Smile is Important!”

The best entry from Australia or New Zealand wins a local scholarship for themselves and their school! Twelve local finalists will receive Colgate® gift boxes full of goodies. The winner and finalists will go in the running to win the global prize.

The twelve best entries globally will win a scholarship of $250USD for themselves and $500USD for their school, they will also be featured in the Bright Smiles, Bright Futures™ 2022 Calendar which goes out to over 40,000 people worldwide.


Make good oral health fun and help your smile last a lifetime!
Download your printables here
Brush Better
Learn the correct way to brush your teeth with this mini poster
Start a brushing habit and colour the Tooth Defenders
Two colouring sheets are available.
Brush like a Tooth Defender
The whole family can build a brushing habit. Just brush morning and night for 28 days with this handy brushing chart.
Plaque Catcher
Test your oral health knowledge with this fun folding activity.
Dental Emergency
Know what to do in a dental emergency with this printable sheet.
Keep in an easy-to-find place.