Oral Health Education and Services:
Smile in Style:
ELVPHD's Smile in Style project continues to provide dental education and fluoride varnish treatments to children in child care and pre-school settings. The project leader along with a dental hygienist, visits participating chil care facilities and pre-schools in the service area to provide education about proper brushing and to 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).
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 program).
#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 (January 2017).
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
Healthy Teeth Forever:
Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health began a NEW oral health program in 2017 called Healthy Teeth Forever! This program includes services for all ages...from children in childcare centers and pre-schools to those living in assisted living and long-term care centers. With this program, ELVPHD will work with public health authorized dental hygienists in our service area to provide:
- fluoride varnish treatments, screenings and education in childcare centers and pre-schools
- sealants, screenings and education for school-aged children
- screenings, cleanings and education for individuals living in assisted living and long-term care centers
The Healthy Teeth Forever program is funded by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health