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By Stacey Becker, Telegraph Herald
April 15, 2013

Molly Molar smiled her persistent smile as a friend talked about happy teeth, fuzzy teeth and sugar bugs.

"Happy teeth are the ones that are smooth and shiny," said Sharon Kuttler, a dental hygienist with the Kuttler Dental Team, while standing next to the huggable, human-sized tooth.

The duo visited Marshall Elementary School preschool, kindergarten and first-grade students in March to help teach healthy dental habits.

Kuttler has made visits to schools for years. Recently, she updated her materials when she joined the National Children's Oral Health Foundation, known as America's ToothFairy. The foundation tries to eliminate children's preventable suffering from pediatric dental disease by providing programs and resources to deliver community-based preventive, educational and treatment services.

Kuttler said she got "carried away" and put together a resource guide, The Tooth Fairy's Toolbox, for local teachers to help them prepare class projects during National Children's Dental Health Month in February.

Nicole Plachetta, a Marshall kindergarten teacher, took those guides and transformed them into packets for some Marshall teachers to help with classroom dental health activities.

"As teachers, we're always looking for community members to come in and speak with the kids," Plachetta said.

She added that she was excited to have Kuttler talk with the students and not only show them the importance of good dental health but also that they can be dental hygienists.

Here are some tips Kuttler and Molly Molar, played by Rhonda Pope, shared:

  • Brush and floss at least two times every day.
  • Brush 10 times in every place. It should take 2 minutes to brush your teeth.
  • Establish good teeth habits at an early age.
  • Children need help flossing through first grade. All children should be supervised until they turn 8 to ensure they brush and floss their teeth correctly.
  • Know what is considered good food and bad food for teeth. For instance, white milk and water are good foods and pop and apple pie are bad foods.
  • Use your smile to be happy and healthy.

Click here for video of Molly and Sharon's classroom visit.

This article, written by Stacey Becker, and photograph, taken by Jeremy Portje, appeared in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald in March 2013. Both are republished here with permission from the Telegraph Herald.

One of the things I most enjoy about being a dental hygienist is helping parents and children from the very beginning (even before the baby is born!) to know the healthy habits that can influence dental health for an entire life.

February is the month that we put a national spotlight on children’s dentistry with National Children’s Dental Health Month. Often, it is the time when teachers will bring dental health education into the classroom. Throughout my career it has been a joy to be invited to a variety of classrooms to talk about teeth, nutrition and the how-to-do-its.

This year I joined The America’s Tooth Fairy Project through the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, founded by Esther Wilkins, the woman who literally wrote the textbook on dental hygiene - including the one I used in my own educational preparation. With my membership I also received a package of new dental health education materials! Opening up my new box of possibilities, I noticed some of the ‘props’ I have been using had started to look a little tired. That inspired me to investigate other new resources.

The world of online and social networking came to my aid, and I have a whole new set of tools to share! While I began my research to assist teachers for classroom projects and activities, I have found a wonderful treasure of videos, interactive activities and information that could be used by parents (and grandparents!) at home as well as teachers in the classroom.

I am delighted to share my 'toolbox' with you and hope that you will find something here to be a resource for the children in your life. We need all the ‘tooth fairies’ we can get!

Ad Council Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives
Great videos, information, and helpful ideas for parents, children and educators

National Institute of Health: Open Wide - Trek Inside
A series of age appropriate materials, including kid-friendly videos that parents and teachers will love

American Dental Association
The Smile Smarts Oral Health Curriculum is designed for preschool through grade eight students — offering flexible lesson plans, support materials, hands-on classroom demontrations, student activity sheets and suggestions for further oral health activities

California Dental Hygienists Association
Excellent resources for teachers that are specific to different age groups

Cases for Student Dental Hygienists
The 'Classroom Activities, Community Dentistry and Public Health' section (used for dental hygiene students) has some great ideas including these PowerPoint presentations

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
A good list of links, including resources for Head Start programs and other early childhood programs

Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures
Educational resources for brighter smiles and futures with dental care activities, information and more

Colgate Oral Care Education - Health Dental Care Habits Information for Educators
Free educational materials to teach children the importance of dental hygiene by building a fun brushing and flossing routine together (also promotes Colgate products)