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Dental Public Health Activities: Descriptive Summaries

Project: SMILE

Practice Number: 33029
Submitted By: New Jersey Department of Health, Children's Oral Health Education Program
Submission Date: May 2017
Last Reviewed: May 2017
Last Updated: May 2017
Best Practice Approach Example -

Project: SMILE: targets students in grades 2 and/or 3 and addresses the importance of good oral health practices that contribute to improved general health. Project: SMILE is implemented in one school in each of the twenty-one counties of the State.

Students participate in an interactive oral health education presentation that addresses healthy food choice selection and includes a brushing and flossing demonstration with student volunteers. Each student receives an oral health care kit to promote good oral hygiene practices at home. The kit contains a toothbrush, toothbrushing timer, oral health sticker, Dudley Activity Book and tooth saver container.

Costs per student to participate in Project: SMILE for the 2015-2016 school year are as follows:

Toothbrush                  $0.15

Tooth Saver                 $0.12

Toothbrushing Timer     $0.12

Sticker                         $0.05

Letter/flyer                   $0.14

Dental sealant education flyer (no cost as the flyer was a current available program resource)

ADA Activity book         $1.26

Oral kit baggie              $0.05

Baggie sticker               $0.03

Total Cost per Student $2.05

During the 2015-2016 school year, 20 schools with 1,532 students participated.  

Lessons Learned:

Project: SMILE is a popular, well-received Program for students in grades 2 and/or 3. Students enjoy the oral health resources and the interactive age-appropriate program is implemented Statewide

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: