Dental Public Health Activities: Descriptive Summaries
The Project: BRUSH initiative targeting children in grades Kindergarten and/or grade 1 addresses the importance of good oral hygiene practices.
Project: BRUSH began in 2012 and is implemented in one school in each of the twenty-one counties of the State. It addresses the importance of good oral hygiene practices, regular dental check-ups, and healthy food choices.
Students participate in an age-appropriate oral health education program, receive an oral health care kit which includes a toothbrush, toothbrushing timer, sticker and education materials for parents. Students also participate in the “Ask a Dental Hygienist” activity whereby they email oral health related questions to the regional oral health program staff and receive a response to their question.
The Project: BRUSH participating schools receive a series of scripted oral health announcements that are announced by school administrative staff via the school public address system throughout the year. In addition, the school receives Project: BRUSH posters for school display that helps to engage the entire school community in oral health dialogue about good oral health practices.
Costs per student to implement Project: BRUSH are as follows:
Toothbrushing timer $0.25
Parent Letter/flyer $.14
Label for kit $0.03
Baggie to hold kit contents $0.05
Total cost per student/per kit $0.67
Contact Person(s) for Inquiries:
Beverly Kupiec-Sce, Ph.D, Program Director, New Jersey Department of Health, Children’s Oral Health Education Program, P.O. Box 364, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0364, Phone: 609-943-5749 , Fax: 609- 292-3580, Email: Beverly.firstname.lastname@example.org