A working model that creates a culture around behavior change towards oral health by providing ongoing care and education in local schools.
Schools are an ideal location for the Unspoken Smiles outreach model because they allow our Fellows to reach a large number of children with information and instruction that ultimately y instill
Unspoken Smiles Fellows/volunteers visit classrooms to perform age-appropriate and culturally - tailored demonstrations for oral hygiene and nutrition and to engage the children in games and activities to help them understand how to maintain a healthy smile. Daily classroom tooth-brushing routines are often established, as well
as annual fluoride varnish applications.
It is by reaching children and reinforcing these messages that the sustainability of health outcomes may be achieved.
THE PROGRAM FEATURES
An appreciation of the importance of
oral health and its relationship to overall health and well-being
The allocation of adequate resources to improve oral health
Partnerships that adequately
frames oral health within school systems
SCHOOL-BASED PROGRAM ROLL-OUT PROCESS
Identify target demographic/region