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2022 Service-Learning Symposium: Meet The CCGA Cavity Fighters

Meet The CCGA Cavity Fighters

Authors: Allison Benson, Lauren Caldwell, Ebony English, Jennifer Johnson, Kendall Meek, Kristi Rowe, Leanna Thrift and Amanda Zanella 

Faculty Supervisior: Beverly Rowe RN, MSN, CNE

Community Partner: FACES Prekindergarten Center 

Abstract:

Our Service-Learning Group was assigned the task of educating early-learners regarding the importance of dental hygiene. We provided visual aids that included a symposium-style poster, a video presentation, and an educational handbook from Americastoothfairy.org. The poster is utilized to promote the importance of good dental hygiene within our younger population, complications of poor dental hygiene, as well as available resources that can be utilized to obtain this goal. The video presentation was specifically targeted towards early learners which displayed step-by-step instructions on the proper way to brush and floss their teeth. Our group utilized ice cube trays to represent teeth and pipe cleaners to mimic tooth floss. Additionally, the popular kids’ song; Baby Shark, was used to help encourage kids to brush their teeth for 2 minutes (the length of the song). The educational handbook provides an interactive opportunity for children to identify healthy foods, brushing and flossing tips, and a tooth brushing incentive tracker. This handbook will be distributed as part of a “goody-bag” that additionally encompasses a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, stickers, crayons, a tooth keeper, and soft dental-inspired toys.