Brush Strokes Newsletter
Preschool kids Listening to a book

Library Story Time: Oral Health for All!

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

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

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

Children’s Brushing Videos: Make it fun!

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

Community Health Workers’ Fluoride Varnish Interventions in Minneapolis Schools

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

Reducing Disparities: An Urban Clinic Model

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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