Oral Health Education Outreach Program Expansion
In celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, Hillcrest Dental Care, Inc. has begun another exciting round of school visits through our Oral Health Education Outreach Program. Thanks to the generosity of the MDS Foundation, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Greylock Federal Credit Union, and Hillcrest Hospital, we have raised funds to expand the program this year and aim to teach 1,500 children in 30 different schools and day care centers about the benefits of good oral health care and proper nutrition. The program will provide information and resources to children and parents about dental benefits for children, increase awareness of oral health services offered by many, and, most importantly, increase access to oral health care for children and their families.
Trained HDC staff visit schools and day care centers to introduce students to the basics of good oral health with hands-on, engaging classroom presentations. Each presentation is tailored to the age and cognitive functioning of the group’s presentations. HDC uses Interactive games and props during presentations teach the importance of nutrition and proper oral health care. As a bonus, all children in attendance receive a toothbrush, a timer, toothpaste, floss, school supplies, and a small toy, as well as brochures for parents, including information on how to access MassHealth benefits for dental coverage. These materials provide essential knowledge to parents about the connection between oral health and the total health of the body with the primary focus on the important role of dental clinics as providers of compassionate care and comprehensive services.
As HDC has done in years past, school presentations launched in February to coincide with National Children’s Oral Health Month. To extend the celebration and ensure we can reach as many children as possible, presentations run through March. HDC is very much looking forward to spreading the word about oral health care and encouraging healthy smiles throughout the Berkshires and beyond.
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