This is an interactive teaching experience in the school setting. This program motivates young children to plan ahead in the future of their own oral health. This teaching makes the science of a healthy mouth easy to understand and remember for decades to come.
This is service funded by grants, gifts and volunteers. If you would like to set up your school for this coming school year contact us at ...see link
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Fundraising for 2019-2010 School Year!
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The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition (KOHC) aims to improve oral health of all people In Kentucky. Your membership connects you with a diverse community of stakeholders who are armed with tools, knowledge, data, and capacity. The priorities of the coalition include: improving oral health literacy, expanding school based oral health services, and increasing access to oral care.
This is a non profit 501-c3 tax exempt corporation. We need your help to expand this program to reach more schools. Please contact us! Some local dental offices support the program by giving toothbrush bags. Other work includes preparation and scheduling of the program.
Thank you to school nurses, school boards and educators for helping reach the students with quality education.
Please send your tax deductible donation to
Plan Ahead Smiles Program
15 Kelley Drive
Florence Kentucky 41042
In the past, we did 1st and 3rd grades. Since we missed most of our regular counties last school year we will return to 1st and 2nd-grade levels. We add more age groups with some very small rural school programs.
In schools that want masks, social distancing, and smaller groups, we will accommodate. This may end up meeting the needs of fewer children, but is an option.
As a prior middle school and high school science teacher, I have been asked to teach upper-level Oral health science. Funds prevented this. We currently can add this to our out reach when requested.
There are many areas in our lives that have an effect on our dental health. These are our assess to the dental services, our income and ability to pay, our diets, our fluoride uptake and the sealants that protect teeth. Smoking effects the whole body, especially the teeth. As important as all these factors are, when one observes the difference between those with a healthy dentition and those precious people who don't want to smile, the most important factor we see is the person themselves. Did they understand how to plan out their healthy smile? Did they understand that their mouth is a science that is most strongly controlled not by their caregivers or their parents income but by their own personal choices? They are the number one caregiver of their body and mouth. Understanding the mouth becomes possible with an exciting in depth teaching of the principles that govern the mouth- called Oral Health Science. This is a missing link within the Oral Health Crisis affecting Our region. With a lot of energy and hope we are trying to make change one student at a time in one school at a time.
Tracy and all those that make this program possible
And to Delta Dental's Making Smiles Happen. Plan Ahead Smiles Program makes smiles happen one student at a time.
Amanda Hathaway wants a career in dental care. She came from Rhode Island this October to help with five programs. Thanks so much Amanda.
We have been to Southeast Ky on three different trips. If funds allow we will get back to region fall 2019 and spring 2020
Each program takes hours of bagging dental supplies. loading the vehicle, setting up the program and reloading. Students or hygienist who would like to volunteer, please contact email@example.com