BRUSH! Program at McMillian Center

Brush! IKDDS ProgramFebruary, 2013 – Brush! was designed to reduce the amount of serious dental decay in children. Dental decay is the most common childhood disease, five times more common than asthma. Children miss 51 million hours of school each year due to dental related problems.

The goal of the Brush! program:
Low-income children and their parents establish a habit of daily dental hygiene and regular dental visits that allow children to enter Kindergarten ready to learn.  Children will not suffer from the adverse effects of  dental decay which may cause children to be in pain, and therefore inattentive in class, or to miss school because they are sick from repeated infections.

Using a comprehensive literacy-based approach. Brush! serves children birth through age 5 and is delivered through collaborating preschools.

Brush! includes:

• Preschool teacher training
• Curriculum with 52 weekly lessons for children on the importance of dental hygiene and nutrition
• Twice-monthly educational materials for parents
• An original book for all children in the program, focusing on brushing their teeth
•  Monthly brushing chart for students and preschools to track their success


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