Preschool kids Listening to a book

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…

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Dr. Amos Deinard

By Barbara Greene, MPH, Consultant & Educator 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”.…

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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,…

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Professional Photo Nasra Budul

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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Professional Photo of Dr. Havva Zeynep Ertugrul DMD

Havva Zeynep Ertugrul, DMD is a highly skilled board certified pediatric dentist and Diplomate of American Board of Pediatric Dentistry at Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC), a federally-funded Minneapolis community health/dental clinic seeing a diverse patient population. Dr. Ertugrul provides care for all pediatric oral health patients including Mexican, Central and South American, Somali, East African, First Nation, and other ancestries. She uses multicultural materials and translated oral health education resources on a daily basis to change severe oral health situations into childhood success stories.

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Mother helps care for child's teeth

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.

Our book, Bye, Bye, Germs, can help. Bye, Bye Germs uses kid-friendly language and images to help children learn the importance of brushing their teeth. Bye, Bye Germs will get your kids excited to brush twice a day for two minutes. When Emma, a little girl, faces off against Jerry the Germ, Timmy the Toothbrush swoops in to teach her why she should brush and together they save her beautiful teeth. Children love this story—they want you to read Bye, Bye Germs to them over and over. Each time you do its message is reinforced.

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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 dental care routine with your child. With proper care, you can prevent your child from getting cavities!

Our teeth accumulate buildup called plaque as we go through our day eating and drinking. Plaque and sugar provide the food for the bacteria. Bacteria causes cavities to thrive and begin decaying a tooth.

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Fluoride 1 2 3 in Cartoon Figures

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to strengthen your teeth with fluoride! Fluoride plays a very important role in strengthening the enamel and preventing cavities and tooth decay. Make these simple changes in your daily habits and you can crush childhood cavities!

1. Drink fluoridated tap water
2. Brush teeth with fluoridated toothpaste
3. Have your doctor or dentist apply fluoride varnish

Fluoride in any form is safe and effective and is recommended by The American Dental Association (ADA), the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Family Medicine (AAFM).

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Lions Logo

“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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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…

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