Area schools and N-Sta-Smile recently partnered together to bring a new and innovative Oral Health Pilot Program to the children of Southeast Arkansas.
Karen Martins with N-Sta-Smile of Hardy portrayed the Toothbrush Fairy during presentations to kindergarten through third-grade students at Altheimer-Martin Elementary School, James Matthews Elementary School, L.L. Owen Elementary School, Thirty-Fourth Avenue Elementary School, Oak Park Elementary School and Greenville Elementary School.
The Toothbrush Fairy, complete with wings, tiara, and toothbrush magic wand, taught the children all about good oral health habits.
N-Sta-Smile, with help from local grants, provides waterless pre-pasted disposable toothbrushes for the children to use while in school. The N-Sta-Smile Oral Health Educational program was designed with a single mission, to get toothbrushes in the hands of children. The belief being that teaching healthy oral hygiene habits and giving students the tools to practice that education will make a lifelong positive change in a student’s health and well-being. Recognizing that dental caries (cavities) is the most prevalent preventable infectious disease among U.S. children, these schools have chosen to participate in the yearlong project where children receive oral health education and receive daily pre-pasted disposable toothbrushes to be used after lunch.