Dental students, ‘Tooth Fairy’ to educate children about proper oral hygiene

During a time when children are focused on candy and other sweet treats, University of Louisville School of Dentistry students along with costumed characters, including the ‘Tooth Fairy’ will visit area elementary schools on Oct. 23 at 1:30p.m. to teach proper brushing and flossing techniques.

About 3,500 children at Bowen, Cochrane, Coleridge Taylor, Jeffersontown, Kenwood and Okolona elementary schools will learn about candy in the decay process, and receive a free toothbrush and toothpaste. The children also will learn about dental careers as part of the program.

Over the past 12 years, UofL dental students have visited 63 schools, 1,180 classrooms and 31,000 children through the Halloween outreach project organized through the UofL School of Dentistry, Family Youth Resource Center directors, and the Northwest Area Health Education Center.