April, 2015: For the past two years, Kathy Hunt has served in a volunteer capacity as the Kansas Dental Hygienist Liaison for the Office of Head Start. In a recently released impact statement for that project, her work in Kansas was one of three highlighted projects. Congratulations, Kathy, and thank you for all that you do!
Kansas Cavity Free Kids:
Helping children enter Kindergarten cavity free...and ready to learn!
Tooth decay is the most widespread chronic disease that affects children and the most common un-met health care need. Untreated oral disease can have a lasting impact on overall health, social and emotional development, and a young child’s ability to succeed in school. Kansas Cavity Free Kids is committed to improving the oral health of pregnant women and young children through improved access to care, advocacy, and education for all.
Keeping kids cavity free is everybody's business
Whether you are a teacher, cook, bus driver, caregiver, health professional, or friend, there are things you can do to help children get or stay healthy. Download thisTip Sheet (PDF) for some great ideas to get you started including:
- Be aware of changes
- Help children receive professional dental services
- Encourage health foods and eating habits
- Encourage parents to help their children brush
The more we know about dental disease, the easier it is to make changes that keep our mouths healthy. We have spent 5 years developing materials and workshops that are fun, simple and effective. Surveys of users have shown that they are more confident and more likely to share this important information with others. Let us infect you with our passion!
The below products are available for purchase here: http://www.saavsus.com/kansas-head-start-association/
If you are a Kansas Head Start Association program member, please contact KHSA about grant-supported materials.
Teeth for Tots Oral Health Resource Guide (for Infants and toddlers):
This curriculum is designed for those who support families and caregivers of children birth to three. It contains 15 full color modules filled with evidence based information on a wide variety of topics related to oral health in young children. Our home visitors tell us that they have found it extremely easy to use, with lots of ides for conversation starters, demonstrations, and colorful handouts to leave behind. Their favorite modules include; The Importance of Baby Teeth, the Age one Dental Visit, and Oral Habits, which addresses thumb, finger and pacifier usage.
Each module contains background information that is concise and easy to read as well as a sample agenda that is easily customized to fit the situation. Also included with each guide is a CD containing an electronic copy of all the supplemental handouts so you don’t have to go searching for anything else. If you’d like to dig deeper on a particular topic, well respected on-line references are provided.
Teeth for Tots Oral Health Workshop:
Our studies show that success of the Teeth for Tots Resource Guide is enhanced by a one day workshop. Facilitated by a dental hygienist and communications specialist, this dynamic training jumpstarts your staff’s confidence and ability in utilizing Teeth for Tots to introduce oral health in fun and engaging ways.
Pre and post testing demonstrates an overall increase in dental knowledge of 35%. A survey of Early Childhood directors confirmed that 92% of all programs receiving this 6 hour training saw improvement in the oral health education provided by their staff.
Fast Facts Oral Health Library:
Early childhood professionals are always looking for quality handouts to leave with parents to reinforce education. Literacy experts tell us that simple words and lots of white space make reading easier, while bright graphics keep the reader engaged. KCFK utilized these tips in creating a collection of issue-specific oral health flyers. They have English on one side and Spanish on the other. Fast Facts reinforce your message so that families are encouraged to increase the frequency and consistency of good oral health practices.
There are currently twelve topics available as Fast Facts. They include:
My Child's First Dental Visit: Children should have their first dental visit at age one.
Breastfeeding and Healthy Teeth: Breast milk does not cause cavities on its own. Healthy tips for caring for baby's teeth while breastfeeding and introducing solid food.
Lift the Lip: A step-by-step guide to assist caregivers in how to screen their infant’s mouth and teeth for changes.
Choosing the Right Container: This flyer reinforces the message about the appropriate time to wean a baby from the bottle, as well as sharing the dangers of inappropriate sippy cup usage. It includes amounts of sugar found in common drinks.
Tasty Treats for Teeth: Gives suggestions for snacks that are “teeth healthy”. Also provides guidance on the occasional sweet treat.
Toothpaste Tips: Shares information about the proper use of toothpaste as well as the age-appropriate amount to use. Most adults are surprised by this fact!
Healthy Snacks Limit Acid Attacks: When you eat is just as important as what you eat when it comes to preventing tooth decay. These graphs show how our teeth are attacked by acid every time we eat carbohydrates. It is a wonderful visual to explain the dangers of "grazing" throughout the day and has proven to work well for all ages!
Is Your Mouth Ready for Pregnancy?: Taking extra care of your mouth during pregnancy is important for you and your baby. Having dental work done during pregnancy is safe. Here are several signs and symptoms to look for that can signal problems.
Cavity Free Starts at Pregnancy: Children are not born with cavity causing bacteria. It is most often transferred through the child’s primary caregiver. This flyer gives several good ideas for ways to reduce the risk of transmission.
Bottles and Bedtime: Sugary liquids rot your baby’s teeth at bedtime. This flyer gives suggestions for ways you can protect your baby’s teeth at bedtime.
Brushing Up for Healthy Teeth: Toothbrushing is as easy as 1,2,3!
They’re Not Just Baby Teeth: Cavities can cause pain. Your child may use actions instead of words to let you know they are hurting. This flyer shares the warning signs of possible cavities.
ORAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Delta Dental's Tooth Talk: http://www.monthlytoothtalk.com/