Oral Health Education
The Dr. Milton Rubin Oral Health Education Program
Simply put, we teach kids how to brush their teeth. Our Oral Health Education Program introduces third grade students to an impactful oral health presentation focused on influencing and improving oral health habits in young children.
Every class is taught by a Registered Dental Hygienist, and each student receives a personal tooth brush, tooth paste, dental floss and disclosing tablets, fun work sheets, and a brushing calendar to track their progress. Information on proper nutrition, oral bacteria, tooth development, tooth decay and proper brushing and flossing techniques are presented in an easy-to-follow manner… as well as an introduction on mouth guards and face shields for those students involved in contact sports.
“Cavities are a silent epidemic, and they’re the No. 1 chronic infectious disease in children,” says Peg DiMarco, Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve. Many children suffer from tooth decay, some in pain so bad it affects their ability to eat, sleep, and learn. Left untreated, tooth decay not only causes lifelong health complications, it has long-term social and economic consequences that can affect our entire nation. Currently, 3 out of 5 children are affected by tooth decay, and because of this silent epidemic children will miss 51 million hours of school this year in the USA, due to oral health issues.
The Oral Health Education Program was established in 2000, and named in Dr. Rubin’s honor because of his sincere dedication and interest of providing good dental care to children. The original program, created by Dr. Rubin himself, was intended to enhance existing health classes in the Akron Public School system. His goal was to help eliminate the fear of seeing a dentist and develop favorable attitudes toward personal, oral health habits through awareness, education and demonstration.
Following much success, the program has expanded to include multiple school districts (public, private, parochial) in Summit, Medina, Stark and Portage counties. The program is free, and a great way to help empower young children choose and develop healthy habits early in life. Last year, more than 6,000 students participated in this program.
Would You Like to Have an Oral Health Education Presentation in Your School?
To request a class, contact Mark Fairhurst, Executive Director, at 330.253.7700 or mark@EmbracingFuturesInc.org.
Together, we can help children show up for school every day, pain-free, and ready to learn.
Every student in our Oral Health Education Program will receive…
one personal toothbrush
one tube of tooth paste
one dispenser of dental floss
two disclosing tablets
one Purell hand-washing packet
fun work sheets
one toothbrushing calendar… for students who complete their toothbrushing calendar, these can be turned in at the Akron Public Zoo, Akron’s Children Museum or the Pro-football Hall of Fame for “free Admission”
Oral Health Instructors
Kelly Hershberger, RDH, is a Registered Dental Hygienist with 12 years’ experience providing skilled care in pediatric dentistry.
Her presentations are both engaging and personable. She delivers a forty-five minute demonstration, geared to third grade students, that focuses on developing healthy oral hygiene habits, as it relates to overall health of the entire body. Information on proper nutrition, oral bacteria, tooth development, tooth decay and proper brushing and flossing techniques are presented in an easy-to-follow manner… as well as an introduction on mouth guards and face shields for those students involved in contact sports.
Due to COVID 19, we have created a fun and informal teaching video, that is available upon request. TO WATCH: https://youtu.be/iI7gFQC4E1o