kids on oral health
A beautiful smile not only enables a person to eat and speak properly,
but it also builds stronger self-confidence. Too often, however,
we don’t realize the devastating effects of not caring for our teeth
before it is too late.
“Preventing dental disease before it occurs is our focus. Left
untreated, cavities can cause infection which can impact a child’s
health and future,” said Linda Primrose-Barker, Health and Disabilities
Manager. “We need to make a difference in children’s lives now by
teaching them good oral health practices that last a lifetime.”
Council on Rural Services needs volunteers who are passionate about
improving the oral health of local preschool children and their
families. Volunteers will educate parents about the effects of
drinking sweetened drinks, leading discussions about these drinks’
impact on both oral and overall health in children. This position
is available for volunteers who are at least 18 years of age, and a
very flexible schedule is available to those willing to serve at least
two hours per month. Individuals should be able to work with a
diverse population, have good presentation skills, and demonstrate a
working knowledge of oral health care practices. Certification in
approved dental studies is preferred, although not required.
Volunteers should also practice good oral hygiene personally.
To learn more about this volunteer opportunity or other opportunities
within our community, contact HandsOn West Central Ohio at (937)
548-8002 ext. 211 or visit www.handsonwestcentralohio.org.
HandsOn West Central Ohio/Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is a
program of Council on Rural Services. This program receives funding
from Darke County United Way, Corporation for National and Community
Service and Area Agency on Aging, PSA2.