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Freshman Halloween project has benefited 24,300 children

The 10th annual Freshman Halloween project took place Oct. 26

UofL at Simpsonville ElementaryFor 10 years, dental school freshmen have provided free oral health education to children in the community. On Oct. 26, they visited six local elementary schools and 3,300 children to discuss the importance of oral health and dental hygiene during a time when the focus is on candy and other sweet treats for Halloween. Costumed mascots including Crest’s Mr. Sparkle, Delta Dental’s Marshall Molar, Northwest Area Health Education Center’s (AHEC) Brushing Bear, Louisville Water Company’s Tapper, Dr. Noah Dekay, Dr. Tooth Bud, Dr. Smiley and the Tooth Fairy  helped make the presentations fun for the children. Each child received a tooth brush and tooth paste from the Blackerby Foundation. Family Youth Resource Center directors and the Northwest AHEC helped make arrangements for each school visit.  

“The 2016 UofL dental class is very excited to speak to the children in our community. We have a great opportunity to provide oral education in a fun and interactive way, which can prevent oral disease," said Julia Dobson, UofL freshman dental student.

To date, UofL dental students have provided oral health education to 24,300 children in 51 schools.

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