Every Child Has a Toothbrush
Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning.
Worldwide, children are affected by oral diseases, most notably dental caries. This condition causes pain, difficulty eating, hours lost at school, and a decreased quality of life. As a preventive oral health specialist, I have the opportunity to change this situation by using one of my most powerful tools: a toothbrush!
I'm inspired to improve the oral health of children, the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH) has created the "Every Child has a Toothbrush Program". This program is designed to teach children how to use a toothbrush effectively to better control biofilm (bacteria/dental plaque) and reduce the risk of tooth decay.
This program provides oral health education to children, teaching tooth-brushing techniques and conducts an oral examination to determine other needs.
In 2019, Project SMILE in association with Every Child Has a Toothbrush will help even more elementary students learn about oral health care. The program has grown to encompass not only Texas and Mississippi schools that are already involved; but also in cities across America! We will continue to partner with dental associations and governments across America and internationally to promote June as Oral Health Month.
oral habits, when introduced to young children, will save them
substantial costs throughout their lives for dental care, missed classes
and missed work due to health problems related to neglected oral
hygiene. As we/Project SMILE enter our twenty-seventh year, our goal is
to offer the Every Child Has a Toothbrush program to more than 200
children in need ages 8 to 12 years old in Houston, Texas and
Do you want to be a good tooth-brusher? Request your appointment today for tooth-brushing techniques and oral examination to determine other needs. No cost.
©2019 Project SMILE SaRita Dean, R.D.H.