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Connecticut State Dental Association Launches Oral Health Curriculum “Connecticut Cares About Oral Health”

Oral health education resource helps schools teach kids about proper oral health care.

Today the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) launched its Connecticut Cares About Oral Health Curriculum to be used as an interdisciplinary approach to educating students about oral health and overall health. The CSDA, along with other members of the oral health community, revised the existing curriculum to include online learning modules, which can be used as stand-alone curriculum or as a supplement to the original Connecticut Cares Curriculum.

“This updated curriculum is the culmination of hard work and collaboration by a group of dedicated oral health professionals,” said Dr. Michael Ungerleider, CSDA President.  “As dentists, we are dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of Connecticut residents, so this updated curriculum fits squarely into our mission.”
 
The modules, which are easily accessible on our website, CSDA.com, are a basic framework to help teachers tackle oral health with students, showing them what to do, how to do it and when to do it. The lessons focus on key issues and trends important to the maintenance of good oral health over a lifetime, emphasizing that most oral health problems are preventable. The modules require ten minutes for the youngest students, increasing to thirty minutes for older students.  Lessons include:  “Happy Tooth, Healthy Tooth” for the pre-kindergarten audience; “Dazzle, Sparkle and Smile” for Kindergarten and Grade 1; “Your Mouth, What’s Happening? What’s Changing?” for 2nd-3rd graders; “A Smile To Value” for 4-5th graders and “Watch Your Mouth!” for middle schoolers.
 
“The learning modules include activities, puzzles and games to make the lessons fun for kids,” Ungerleider continued. “By teaching the importance of taking care of your teeth, we hope to improve the oral and overall health of Connecticut’s children and set them up for a lifetime of healthy smiles.”
 
Teachers, students and parents can access the learning modules at www.csda.com/for-the-public/classroom-resources.

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