This week, members of the UW's TEETH Club (Teaching Ethnic Empowerment Through Healthcare) volunteered to assemble more than 1,000 hygiene kits used by the Washington Oral Health Foundation in school presentations, at science fairs, and by private practitioners who give them out as goodie bags at events like Give Kids A Smile screenings. The Foundation routinely gives the hygiene kits away — complete with toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and oral health information — to each child who receives oral health education and prevention messages through WOHF education programs and school presentations. This year, the Foundation is planning to raise additional funds and purchase toothbrush caps, allowing kids to use their new toothbrush outside of their home. Foundation Director Tom Tidayman says, “Our goal is to encourage kids to brush more, and to remind parents that oral health is an important part of kids’ overall health.”
This month, kits were requested by dental offices and schools in in Clarkston, Edmonds, Kent, Tacoma, Puyallup and Sequim, just to name a few.