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MISSION STATEMENT

To assure, promote, and protect the oral health of Humboldt County’s children by increasing their oral health awareness, knowledge, and self-responsibility by developing positive, life-long oral health behaviors.

 

TOOTH Program

(707) 269-2045 for Spanish,

(707) 269-2052,

or

(707) 269-2076


 

Teaching Oral Optimism throughout Humboldt County, (TOOTH) is an oral health program of the Redwood Community Action Agency, directed at providing education and preventive services in daycare and preschool settings, kindergarten, first, third and fifth grades students and their families throughout the community.

TOOTH originated from RCAA's Cesar Chavez Healthy Communities Project in 2001. Since 2002, TOOTH has served the preschool and K-6th grade population of Humboldt County children with the support of First 5 Humboldt and Circle of Smiles. After hosting the program for seven years, the California Conservation Corps transitioned the program to RCAA in 2009.  Currently, the TOOTH Program is funded by Department of Health and Human Services’ CalFRESH Program, First 5 Humboldt, Humboldt County Office of Education, Northcoast Grantmaking Partnership, Union Labor Health Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Health Resources and Services Administration. 

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

1. Oral Health Education and Prevention

DAYCARE SETTINGS

Oral Health Educators will provide two lessons to any family daycare or facility in Humboldt County.  Daycare curriculum will focus on the following topics, throughout the two lessons:

  • Proper tooth brushing techniques, using small circles
  • Brushing two times a day, for two minutes
  • Visiting the dentist and losing teeth
  • Germ prevention (hand washing, covering your cough & sharing toothbrushes)

PRESCHOOL:

Oral Health Educators will provide 11 lessons to every preschool in Humboldt County. Preschool curriculum will focus on the following topics, throughout various lessons:

  • Proper tooth brushing techniques, using small circles
  • Brushing two times a day, for two minutes
  • Visiting the dentist and losing teeth
  • Germ prevention (hand washing, covering your cough & sharing toothbrushes)
  • Nutrition (food pyramid, everyday foods & special treats, health beverages
  • Exercise & sleep

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS:

Oral Health lessons will be provided to kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grade students in all elementary schools throughout Humboldt County. The lessons will focus on the following topics.

  • Proper tooth brushing & flossing techniques
  • Brushing two times a day, for two minutes
  • Visiting the dentists and losing teeth
  • Germ prevention (hand washing, covering your couth & sharing toothbrushes)
  • Nutrition/exercise (importance to teeth, food pyramid, need for exercise/water)
  • Tobacco/drug use: gum disease, bone loss & oral cancer (5th grade only)

2. Community Education

TOOTH will provide oral health education, dental disease prevention workshops, and dental supplies to caregivers and parents in Humboldt County. This goal will  be accomplished by providing workshops at playgroups, school parent night and community health fairs.