Educational Materials and Information for Teachers
Dental FUNdamentals is a 170-page oral health instructional guide developed by the Oral Health program for teachers of grades K-6. It contains teacher content, lesson plans and resources. Dental FUNdamentals is currently being revised and will be available through the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.
Operation T.A.C.T.I.C., (Teens Against Chewing Tobacco In the Community), is a comprehensive teaching module containing lesson plans and accompanying activities for primary, intermediate and secondary grades on the dangers of smokeless or spit tobacco. The module is available to purchase from the Ohio Dental Association.
The Oral Health program developed a Dental First-aid Chart that outlines the procedures for administering dental first aid following a head or mouth injury. This chart is important to display in classrooms, near the playground and in the school nurse's office. Ohio day care licensing rules require that licensed day care facilities, including Head Start and Early Learning Initiative programs, post the Dental First-aid Chart in all classrooms.
School-based Dental Disease Prevention Programs
The Oral Health program operates two dental disease prevention programs in Ohio schools. The following information may be helpful to teachers working in schools with these programs.
School-based Dental Sealant Program
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to permanent molar teeth to prevent the most common type of tooth decay (on the chewing surfaces of permanent molars). The Ohio Department of Health awards grants to fund school-based dental sealant programs (SBSPs). In 2014, SBSPs are serving schools in 43 of Ohio's 88 counties. For more information about sealants and SBSPs, including a map of counties that currently have programs, please visit Dental Sealants.
School-based Fluoride Mouthrinse Program
The School-based Fluoride Mouthrinse Program helps prevent tooth decay and is targeted to elementary schools in nonfluoridated communities. Once a week and with parental consent, students swish a 0.2 percent solution of sodium fluoride in their mouths for one minute. Please visit Fluoride Mouthrinse Program for more information.
Last Updated: 6/12/14
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