Healthy living doesn’t just mean good physical, mental and nutritional health, it also includes good dental health. Community Health Foundation has long supported and provided resources that promote good dental care.

This year, CHF is providing resources to teachers of young children who want to teach their students good dental habits. For example, first grade teachers in Clark and Champaign counties can call the Foundation for virtual or printed support materials for their classroom, including a link to the Rocking Horse Community Health Center’s dental video and a copy of the “I Brush My Teeth” book (available in English and Spanish). For more information on these dental resources, contact Joan Elder at (937) 523-7007 or jelder@mercy.com.  For all others, you are invited to use the resources published below.

 

ADDITIONAL DENTAL LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES…AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

The following resources are immediately available for download to help anyone find activities for young children to learn about dental health. For your convenience, you can link directly to them at www.community-health-foundation.org/clark-county-oral-health-initiative. Here is what you’ll find:

Smile Smarts Dental Health Curriculum –a dental health curriculum for preschool through grade eight students. https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/resources/lesson-plans/smile-smarts

Cavity Crusaders– Short cartoon videos from Yakima Valley Farm Workers. https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5L7U731NECzLOARuPgzPFJ4eDHV3C9bg

The Educator’s Guide to Oral Health –materials that make it easy for teachers to educate their students about the importance of oral care. https://www.dentalcare.com/en-us/patient-education/childrens-dental-health/teaching-kids

American Dental Association – National Children’s Dental Health Month posters and activity sheets. https://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month?utm_source=adaorg&utm_medium=vanityurl&utm_content=NCDHM21.

Delta Dental of Ohio –Check out all these fun ways to learn about taking care of your teeth. https://www.deltadentaloh.com/Member/Wellness/Activities-for-Kids

Delta Dental of Ohio –high-quality educational materials to help teachers and caregivers teach children about good oral health.  https://www.deltadentaloh.com/Member/Wellness/Teaching-Tools

ADA Tiny Smiles – Promoting the Importance of Oral Health for Young Children. http://www.scholastic.com/givekidsasmile/index.html

 

Information about Family Dentistry from NewMouth.com:

Babies Oral Healthhttps://www.newmouth.com/dentistry/family/babies/

Childhood Dental Carehttps://www.newmouth.com/dentistry/family/children/

Teens and Young Adults Dental Carehttps://www.newmouth.com/dentistry/family/teens/

Adult Oral Health – https://www.newmouth.com/dentistry/family/adults/

Dental Care for Seniorshttps://www.newmouth.com/dentistry/family/seniors/

 

Good oral or dental health translates to good health overall. Dental problems such as cavities or gum disease can cause severe pain, bad breath and — what many people may not realize – poor dental health can affect your heart, aggravate diabetes, cause chronic inflammation and more.