The Redwood Community Action Agency TOOTH Program will also host a story hour skit with Sheriff Tooth. Children can help Sheriff Tooth run plaque out of the town of “Your Mouth.” Story hours are free and open to the public at the following locations:
Friday, February 21, 6:30 p.m., McKinleyville Family Arts Night, McKinleyville Community Resource Center
Thursday, February 27, 6:30 p.m., Rio Dell Community Dinner, Rio Dell Family Resource Center
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the following to reduce your children’s risk of tooth decay:
- Sugary foods and drinks should be consumed with meals. Saliva production increases during meals and helps neutralize acid production and rinse food particles from the mouth.
- Limit between-meal snacks. If kids crave a snack, offer them nutritious foods.
- If your kids chew gum, make it sugarless – chewing sugarless gum after eating can increase saliva flow and help wash out food and decay-producing acid.
- Monitor beverage consumption – Instead of soft drinks, juices and energy drinks, children should also choose water and low-fat milk.
Help your children develop good brushing and flossing habits. Schedule regular dental visits.
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 to preschool through K-6th grade students and their families.
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.
Visit our resources page for website links about oral health and healthy habits for kids (and adults).
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.
1. Oral Health Education and Prevention
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 technique, using small circles
- Brushing two times a day, for two minutes
- Visiting the dentist and losing teeth
- Germ prevention (hand washing, overing your cough & toothbrush sharing)
- Nutrition (food pyramid, everyday foods & special treats, health beverages
- Exercise & sleep
Oral Health lessons will be provided to 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
- 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 First 5 playgroups, school parent nights, and participating in community health fairs.
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