Smile in Style
ELVPHD's Smile in Style project continues to provides dental education and fluoride varnish treatment to children in child care and pre-school settings. The project leader along with a dental hygienist visits participating child care facilities and pre-schools in the service area to provide education about proper brushing and apply fluoride varnish. The goal of the project is to help children receive preventative dental care and support healthy dental habits in children. In 2017, Smile in Style will be visiting 7 child care centers, pre-schools and organizations (in 2016, over 200 children were provided services at 7 childcare centers) to continue oral health improvement efforts in young children.
Many important goals were achieved during the previous 2016 Smile in Style program year including:
#1: 202 children were provided preventative oral health services
#2: All of the 202 children provided preventative oral health services were provided with a presentation + demonstration of proper tooth brushing (including a
teach-back method by the children to show their understanding).
#3: 83% of children participating in the program had a dental home established by the end of the program year (as compared to 74% at the beginning of the
#4: 70% of the children in the program received at least 2 fluoride varnish applications during the project year.
#5: Of the 53 children who did not have a dental home at the beginning of the project year. 18 of those had established a dental home (33% increase) by the end of
the program year as per parent follow-up interviewed.
Please click here to view all of the outcomes from the 2016 Smile In Style program year.
SMILE IN STYLE - helping to educate kids on the importance of healthy teeth (at the John A. Stahl Library, West Point - March 2016)
Facts and information for parents to help them keep their kids' teeth healthy and strong:
Q: Why do children need fluoride?
A: Fluoride is an important mineral for all children. Bacteria in the mouth combine with sugars and produce acid that can harm tooth enamel and damage teeth. Fluoride protects teeth from acid damage and helps reverse early signs of decay. Make sure your children are drinking plenty of water and brushing with toothpaste that has fluoride.
Q: When should my child start using fluoride toothpaste?
A: The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association recommend using a "smear" of toothpaste on children's teeth once the first tooth appears and until the child is 3. Once the child has turned 3, a pea-sized amount of toothpaste can be used.
Q: When should your child see the dentist for the first time?
A: When the first tooth appears or no later than his/her 1st birthday.
Q: After your child is seen by a dentist for the first time, how often should he/she visit the dentist ongoing?
A: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a check-up visit every six months in order to prevent cavities and other dental problems.
Q: Can 100% fruit juice cause tooth decay?
A: Sugar containing drinks such as soda, lemonade and juice (100% fruit juice or not) are particularly harmful to children's teeth because sipping them causes a constant sugar bath over teeth which promote tooth decay. So, even 100% fruit juice can lead to tooth decay.
ELVPHD's Smile in Style activities are funded via a grant through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health, Office of Oral Health and Dentistry