The Minnesota Oral Health Project

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Get Kids Excited to Brush – No, Really!

Mother improves child's oral health by helping young daughter brush her 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…

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Caring for Your Child’s Teeth at Home

Preventing cavities with a twice daily dental care routine Mariah LaPatka, RDH Consultant, Minnesota Oral Health Project You do many things to keep your child’s teeth 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…

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Fluoride 1-2-3!

Cris Gilb, PHN and Executive Director

Be Fluoride Smart! Protect your child’s teeth. Cris Gilb, RN, PHN, MHA Executive Director, Minnesota Oral Health Project It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to strengthen your teeth 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.…

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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…

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The Case for Fluoride Varnish Interventions

Effective Strategies to Reduce Dental Caries Amos Deinard Jr, MD, MPH Medical Director and Founder of the Minnesota Oral Health Project Caries is the most common chronic disease of childhood.1 Dental caries is the decay process, the end result of which is the cavity. It has reached silent epidemic proportions because no one writes about…

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Brush Teeth for 2 Minutes 2 Times Per Day

Dr. Elise Sarvas, Dental Director MNOHP

Caregiver Strategies for Successful Brushing Elise Sarvas, DDS, MSD, MPH Dental Director, Minnesota Oral Health Project and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, University of Minnesota Most people know that they should brush their teeth twice a day. But not many realize that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that they…

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Baby Teeth Are Not Just for Babies Anymore

Cris Gilb, PHN and Executive Director

Dental cavities in our children and grandchildren is a public health crisis! Cris Gilb, RN, PHN, MHA Executive Director, Minnesota Oral Health Project Dental cavities in the baby teeth of Minnesota’s children is a silent epidemic, even though cavities are preventable. An alarming number of children, nearly half of all children ages 2 – 11,…

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