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National Children's Dental Health Month

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Comment by Betty on March 1, 2009 at 4:53pm
Here at Wyandotte Family Dental in Wyandotte, MI we were so excited about National Children's Dental Health Month we couldn't decide on ONE program, so we decided to offer TWO!
We started off the month giving kids a smile, and finished by hosting four different field trips from local preschools. Between the two programs, children were given free dental cleanings and exams, while others were taught the importance of taking proper care of their teeth, including a better understanding of "green light foods" which promoted better snack food choices in order to promote healthy teeth and gums. All of children received goodie bags filled with dental related treats.
The response from our efforts to publicize these programs resulted in an overwhelming response from our community, including a local D.J. who felt compelled to offer his services free of charge in order to help make the experience a memorable one for us all!
Our entire staff was so moved by the experience that we are determined to participate even more fully for next years National Children's Dental Health Month! Some of the comments from the families we served truly sum up the desperate need for everyone to have a fuller share in raising awareness of the need for better access to dental health care, resulting in HEALTHIER & HAPPPIER Communities!! One family wrote: "We wanted to give you a big thank you for our dental check up. Everyone was so kind and helpful, we were treated like special guests. We enjoyed the fresh fruit and lively entertainment. We would certainly hope to use your services in the future and would be quick to recommend your friendly service to anyone. God bless you all." Another family wrote:" Thank you for offering the free dental care. Through these hard times my family is experiencing-it is nice to know that there are people like you and your staff that cares! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!"
It is truly a privilege to be able to share in these important events!-Wyandotte Family Dental. & Betty Hayden Consultant for Wyandotte Family Dental.
Comment by deepika reddy on February 27, 2009 at 9:47pm

Comment by deepika reddy on February 27, 2009 at 9:46pm

Comment by deepika reddy on February 27, 2009 at 9:45pm

Comment by deepika reddy on February 27, 2009 at 9:45pm

Comment by Laurie Morrison-Aguirre on February 27, 2009 at 1:25pm


During the month of February we visited 5 local schools for Dental Health Month presentations. Kids were informed of brushing & flossing techniques. We discussed what to expect during a dental visit, healthy foods, and the importance of visiting the dentist every 6 months. Children were given a travel case with toothbrush, paste, and floss to take home.
Comment by Dana Ridenour, RDH on February 27, 2009 at 10:29am

Every year in February, hygienists Candy Snyder, Karen Fisher, Rita Anderson, and Dana Ridenour from Auglaize Dental Associates in Wapakoneta, Ohio present a program for preschool and 2nd grade children about proper oral hygiene. We love the opportunity to get out into the community and spread the word of good oral hygiene and proper nutrition. We demonstrate the typical appointment including scaling, exploring, polishing, flossing, and rinsing. We also demonstrate our “experiments” consisting of hard boiled eggs that have been soaked in fluoridated mouthwash and vinegar to show the kids what acid can do to hard enamel and cutting through a marshmallow and an apple to show how sugary things can stick to our teeth, and how fruit does not. Another aid we use is our smile pals stuffed animals that have teeth and spit water to help the kids understand brushing and flossing. We go through proper brushing technique and squirt the kids with water when it is time to “rinse and spit”. This always gets a huge reaction from the children! They love the interaction and learning about their mouths and how to keep them healthy. This is all possible thanks to Dr. Barry Aab and Dr. Daniel Makuh, who let us take time out of our busy schedule and supply goodie bags full of toothbrushes, floss, stickers, and brushing charts to all the children we see. As a group, we have reached over 800 children this year alone, with requests pouring in from more schools every year.
Comment by ALEXANDRA ERRICO on February 24, 2009 at 2:05pm

We started out Children's Dental Health month with a coloring contest here at our clinic. We will have two winners, a boy and a girl. The winners will receive a gift basket full of toys and oral health care products. We also go to local elementary schools, afterschool programs, preschools, headstarts, daycares, middle schools, and churches to give oral hygiene and nutrition presentations. We use a variety of visual tools such as a power point, DVDs, puppets with large toothbrushes, etc. We give all kids a goodie bag with a new toothbrush, toothbrushing and flossing instructions, coloring book, and toothbrushing reminder coloring page. We also do free screenings at the presentation if the schools are interested. We did free screenings to any and all kids ages 0-20 at our clinic on Give Kids a Smile Day on February 19, 2009. Our staff is a great team that puts a lot of time and effort into community projects, whether it be during the work week or the weekend. We strive to reach as many kids in the community as possible, with the hope that we will make a differance and help improve childrens oral health.
We are so proud of our many pictures and letters from diffrent childen thanking us for teaching them about oral health and giving them goodie bags.
Comment by deepika reddy on February 18, 2009 at 9:01pm
Thanks Amy for ur reply...It was really fun in participating in outreach program... Looking forward to help more kids in future..
Comment by Meg Kaiser on February 18, 2009 at 9:02am
Sounds like a great event, Ruth. Glad it was a success, and the pic of the little girl with Mr. Frog is classic! The tooth fairy is adorable too. Where are you located? I took note of Washington County, but what state?
 

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