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Two Rivers: Life Smiles School Dental Program

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*Community Health Assessment

o Issuing a survey to understand the health needs of the TRPHD jurisdiction

o You can find the survey on our website or Facebook page

o We will use the results to help us define programmatic activities for the next few years

o Your participation would be greatly appreciated!

*Excited to discuss our Life Smiles School Dental Program!

o Program originated in 2008

o Awarded national “Model Practice” by NACCHO -National Association of City and County Officers

o Offering dental prevention services in approximately 18 schools (in the Two Rivers Public Health Department service area) with goals of expansion

o Services offered are screenings, fluoride treatments, sealants, oral health education, free homecare supplies, and referral assistance (if needed)

o We encourage regular visits to their dentist and dental hygienist

*National and State Research says….

o Poor oral health can lead to decreased school performance

o Poor social relationships,

o Less success later in life

o Children experiencing oral pain are distracted and unable to concentrate on schoolwork.

o An estimated 51 million school hours per year are lost because of dental visits and oral health problems.

o When children’s acute oral health problems are treated and they are not experiencing pain, their learning and school-attendance records improve, making in-school programs important in contributing to better learning experiences

If you are interested in having a program offered in your child’s school, contact your school nurse or call Two Rivers Public Health Department at 888-669-7154

Please visit our website to complete our community assessment survey at www.trphd.org or visit our Facebook page.

(Courtesy of Two Rivers Public Health Department)

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