project leader
Brytney H
location
1214 Liverpool Ave.
(Manchester)
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the project

ALL-STAR SMILES is committed to teaching and developing a lifetime of healthy oral habits that provides children with growing self-esteem and a foundation for success. Our mission is to provide the kids of Pittsburgh with high quality dental education and resources needed to obtain an ‘all-star smile’.

Donations to this project are doubled through the support of The Sprout Fund in collaboration with ioby, while funds are available.

According to the American Dental Association(ADA), "dental carries, the disease process that causes tooth decay, is the most prevalent childhood disease" and it does not cease into adulthood. Providing prevention, education, and behavioral modification for both children and adults is the most effective way to ensure optimal dental care. In collaboration with the school and guardians, All-Star Smiles will implement a 6-week oral health curriculum. Each week introducing new oral health topics: proper tooth brushing, nutrition counseling, preventive habits, etc.

3 Key Messages:
1. Brush teeth twice a day, floss everyday
2. Eat nutritious foods, limit the number of sweet and sticky foods
3. Visit the dentist regularly, every 6-month check up

Our goal is to provide the children with essential oral education and resources to prevent poor oral health habits, and obtain a healthy smile.

the steps

The curriculum of the oral education project is based off "Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Future Education Guide".
Introducing the major themes of the curriculum:
1. Brush thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste after breakfast and before bed,
2. Avoid sweet snacks and drinks, and
3. Visit the dentist regularly.

The education guide provided comes with a lesson plan guide, My Bright Smiles app, and a number of parent resource pamphlets. With the 6-week lesson plan, I will enter the classroom once a week for an hour lesson and I will introduce and reinforce a new oral hygiene topic (i.e. proper tooth brushing techniques, nutrition counseling, and preventive habits) each week. The average classroom size is 21 children and each classroom is equipped with iPads for all the students and smart televisions to allow me to present the lesson plans and participate with the children through the learning app.

The program also requires the participation of the teachers. One of the major themes of the program is to brush regularly, specifically after meals. I will ask that the teachers take time out of their curriculum to allow each child to brush their teeth for the standard 2 minutes every day, specifically after lunch, to help further implement the themes and allow for me to track the progression of the students.

A toothbrush kit and chart for tracking progress will be provided for both at home and in the classroom.

Parent Cooperation: Because the children spend a number of hours at home and many habits are enforced at home, it’s important to have participation from the caretaker. Implementing the oral hygiene habits both at home and in the classroom is essential to the results I would like to achieve with the project. A meeting prior to the start of the classroom lessons with the children, I will host a meeting with the caretakers providing them with similar lessons and information to implement health oral habits at home. A family pledge and consent form will be sent home with children as well.

why we're doing it

To date, there are no active oral health programs in the City of Pittsburgh or our local education system.

I believe that it’s important to address the importance of oral health education, and how it affects our overall systemic health. The target audience for the project is children ages 2 to 8, which include preschool to second grade, introducing proper oral hygiene habits during the development stage.

According to ADA statistics, 37% of children ages 2 to 8 will experience dental caries. While piloting the program, I would start with the preschool classroom further expanding into higher grades. According to the school's demographics, the school is 100% African-American and 85% of the student are considered "economically disadvantaged". The school's demographics also reflect a greater need for the program, as African-Americans and "economically disadvantaged" children still remain the second highest group of people with untreated carries.

The children and their families will benefit by addressing the lack of oral health education by participating in the program.

budget

My overall goal is to provide resources for the families, this includes toothbrush kits(Travel bag includes: toothbrush, timers, travel caps, flossers, toothpaste).

With $1,000 dollars I can collect over 430 of these kits.

Other resources provided with the donation are "healthy" snacks and classroom materials for the lessons. 

 



Project Subtotal =  $1,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $30
Total to raise on ioby = $1,065

 

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donors

  • Monica
  • Toye W.
  • Anonymous
  • Michelle P.