Caregivers

Cavities are preventable! Learn how to improve children's oral health and take better care of their teeth. Dont wait, caring for your child's teeth needs to start at a very young age.

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Clinics

Our Childhood Caries Prevention Program for medical and dental clinic staff is designed to improve children's oral health and includes fluoride varnish application training. Earn one Minnesota nursing CEU by completing our program.

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Educators

Need curriculum and table activities to improve children's oral health? We have training programs with fun kid activities: one for preschool and kindergarten age children, and one for caregivers.

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Kids Playground

We have a website for your kids! Read our children's book or play video games, while learning about how to prevent cavities.

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Cover of Bye, Bye Germs

Bye, Bye Germs

By Anna Pence, MNOHP PHN Consultant
Illustrated by Trudy Barsness

It is often a struggle to find interesting ways to help young children learn the importance of taking care of their teeth. The new book, Bye, Bye Germs, is an engaging tool designed to teach children this lesson.

The story features Emma, a little girl who faces off with Jerry the Germ. She is joined by Timmy the Toothbrush and together they win the battle to save her beautiful teeth. This book is a starting point for adults to discuss the importance of oral care in kid-friendly terms and will help children learn the importance of brushing their teeth twice daily for a minimum of 2 minutes.

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Copies of Bye, Bye Germs are available for purchase. Contact Cris Gilb at cris.gilb@crushcavities.com for more information. Individual books can be purchased for $5.00, and there are significant discounts if purchasing in bulk. As of April 1, the Minnesota Oral Health Project plans to sell individual printed copies of  Bye, Bye Germs on Amazon.com via their print on demand service.

Now available in the Karen language! The book is printable on 8.5 by 11 printers. For best results, use two-sided printing. Some of the pages in the book are designed to be displayed back to back. Download Bye, Bye Germs in Karen.

Library Story Time: Oral Health for All!

Preschool kids Listening to a book

Melissa Walden, Consultant and Educator By Melissa Walden, MNONP Consultant and Educator “1-2-3…Come read, brush, sing and play with me!” Preschool and family story hours are powerful, interactive ways to reach families with young children on good oral health practices and early caries prevention! Throughout 2019, we read and shared the Minnesota Oral Health Project’s (MNOHP) new book, “Bye, Bye Germs”, at city and...

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The Fluoride Guy: MNOHP Founder Amos Deinard, Jr, MD, MPH

Dr. Amos Deinard

By Barbara Greene, MPH, Consultant & Educator Dr. Amos Deinard, Jr., MD, MPH The Fluoride Guy Amos S. Deinard, Jr., MD, MPH is well-known in health care circles as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School and School of Public Health. While this is his official title, he is most frequently known as “The Fluoride Guy”. Dr. Deinard, or...

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Children’s Brushing Videos: Make it fun!

Little girl brushing teeth outside

By Barbara Greene, MPH, Consultant & Educator Establishing new family rituals for brushing teeth is an excellent way to make brushing and bedtime oral health preparation easier! Parents often tell us, “I let my daughter brush my teeth sometimes, so she will let me brush hers without argument.” Still others create nightly rituals by suggesting, “You brush for a while, then I’ll brush for...

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Community Health Workers’ Fluoride Varnish Interventions in Minneapolis Schools

Professional Photo Nasra Budul

Nasra Budul, Community Health Worker (CHW), Ready Set Smile Nasra Budul is an oral health educator and Community Health Worker in Minneapolis public and charter schools. As an educator of children age fourteen and younger, Nasra is keenly aware of oral health disparities within her Somali community. She educates school systems, helps get children to preventive dental visits twice each school year, and visits...

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Reducing Disparities: An Urban Clinic Model

Professional Photo of Dr. Havva Zeynep Ertugrul DMD

Dr. Havva Zeynep Ertugrul, DMD Diverse patients and backgrounds For the last nine years, Havva Zeynep Ertugrul, DMD, has brought oral care to the pediatric patients at Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC) in the urban, ethnically diverse Phillips Neighborhood of Minneapolis. Dr. Ertugrul provides restorative and preventive oral health care, including fluoride varnish, for multicultural children. Many of the children she treats are...

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Get Kids Excited to Brush – No, Really!

Mother helps care for child's teeth

The struggle is REAL…. You beg, cajole, and nag, but no matter how you plead, you still haven’t figured out how to get the little ones excited to brush their teeth regularly. Maybe you’ve even played detective: Is their toothbrush damp, is their breath minty? And sometimes it’s all a bit much, right? You think to yourself, “Maybe it’s not such a big deal...

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How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth at Home

Preventing cavities with a twice daily dental care routine Mariah LaPatka, RDHConsultant, Minnesota Oral Health Project You do many things to care for your child’s teeth and keep them healthy. You make sure your child drinks water with fluoride. You take your child to the dentist and to the doctor. But most importantly, you establish a twice daily dental care routine with your child....

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Be Fluoride Smart!

Fluoride 1 2 3 in Cartoon Figures

Think Fluoride 1-2-3 Cris Gilb, RN, PHN, MHAExecutive Director, Minnesota Oral Health Project It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to protect your child’s teeth and strengthen them with fluoride! When sugars in food and beverages mix with bacteria in the mouth, they create acid.  Acid damages tooth enamel, or the outer covering of the tooth. The enamel loses mineral and breaks down. However, enamel will...

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Oral Health Fits the Mission and Vision of Lions International

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“WE SERVE” Dan Snobl, M.Ed., RPT Dan Snobl was the Director of Physical Therapy at Southwest Minnesota State University for 37 years and has extensive leadership experience in the Lion’s organization. I joined Lions in 1982 in my home town of Tracy, Minnesota in Southwest Minnesota. The Tracy Club is part of Multiple District MD5M which number 21,262 strong, organized into 641 Clubs in...

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The Case for Fluoride Varnish Intervention

Asian dentist works on patient

Effective Strategies to Reduce Dental Caries A Silent Epidemic According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, caries is the most common chronic disease of childhood. Dental caries is the decay process, the end result of which is the cavity – a result that could be helped by fluoride varnish intervention. It has reached silent epidemic proportions because no one writes about the problem, as compared...

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