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Smile Kentucky at Brooks Elementary School
Smile Kentucky!, a community partnership, visit Bullitt County elementary schools Brooks, Cedar Grove, Shepherdsville and Overdale in October to help improve the oral health of children. Brooks Elementary School students participated in a flossing demonstrated by Liz McGuire. Liz McGuire of the Bullitt County Health Department worked with University of Louisville dental students to demonstrate proper oral hygiene. Smile Kentucky! tackles what the U.S. Surgeon General has called the number one common, chronic childhood disease -- tooth decay.  Kentucky’s dental health remains one of the worst in the nation.  Smile Kentucky! recruits local dentists and hygienists to provide free screenings and health educators to provide instruction on brushing, flossing, the importance of fluoride in tap water and how to identify the amount of sugar in snacks. Dental pain can negatively affect a child’s quality of life and their ability to succeed in school. Each day thousands of Kentucky’s kids go to school with painful cavities. Smile Kentucky! works to improve the oral health of children by educating them on proper dental hygiene and healthy snack choices. Children in 3rd through 6th grade can receive free dental screenings and all children will participate in education programs and receive free dental care kits. Brooks Elementary School students pretend to be teeth so University of Louisville dental assistants can demonstrate flossing. Liz McGuire shows how much sugar is actually in a package of dried fruit...more than what students thought. University of Louisville dental students showed the importance of flossing between teeth. Liz McGuire showed how much sugar is contained in various food and beverages. Smile Kentucky! is made possible by: American Dental Association, Bullitt County Board of Education, Bullitt County Health Department, Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures, Delta Dental, Louisville District Dental Hygienist Association, Louisville Dental Society, Louisville Water Company, Passport Health Plan, Prospect Goshen Rotary Club and the University of Louisville School of Dentistry.