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Every Child Has a Toothbrush

Every Child Has a Toothbrush Program
Every Child Has a Toothbrush

A Program Teaching Children to Use a Toothbrush Effectively
Worldwide, children are affected by oral diseases, most notably dental caries. This condition causes pain, difficulty in eating, hours lost at school, and a decreased quality of life. As preventive oral health specialists, dental hygienists have an opportunity to change this situation by using one of the most powerful tools: a toothbrush!

For those dental hygienists inspired to improve the oral health of children, the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH) has created the "Every Child has a Toothbrush Program". This program is designed to teach children how to use a toothbrush effectively to better control biofilm and reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Providing Hygienists with Small Grants and Toothbrushes
This program, sponsored by CURASEPT, will provide dental hygienists with small grants to help them conduct a community education intervention for children.

This program will involve dental hygienists providing oral health education to children, teaching tooth-brushing techniques.

Each program requires that the dental hygienist document numbers of children examined and type of tooth-brushing instruction provided.

Dental hygienists may choose to add to the program by performing sealants and/or fluoride varnish, but emphasis must be on education.

Modest grants in the amount of up to $200 (US) will be provided. Toothbrushes will be made available from CURASEPT for children. If other sized toothbrushes are needed for your sample group, please include with your $200 grant request. Grant applications will remain open throughout the year until all monies have been allocated.

Project Sponsor
Curasept
Qualifications
  • Must be a licensed dental hygienist
  • Must be either:
    • an IFDH Individual Member, and/or
    • a member of an IFDH Member Country Association

Instructions

Application

Step 1: Identify a community of children in need of oral health education.

Step 2: Create an oral health education program that includes tooth-brushing instruction.

Step 3: Identify educational materials that can be provided to the children to reinforce key messages about tooth-brushing techniques and oral home care practices.

Step 4: Submit the application. Allow 4 weeks for committee approval.

Implementation (Once your application has been approved)

Once your application has been approved, tooth brushes will be sent to you based on the number of children as noted on your application. Please indicate size of toothbrush for your target group.

Step 1: Implement your tooth-brushing program for your community of children.

Step 2: Document your findings with photos.

Step 3: Complete Final Report documenting project and outcomes, and submit to membership@ifdh.org within two weeks of completion of project.


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