We are currently scheduling Northern Kentucky for January and February ( ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT AVAILABLE) and then returning schools in the 15 Counties region in March.
We have worked in these Counties: Grant, Kenton, Boone, Campbell, Shelby, Spencer, Robertson, Bracken, Gallatan, Mason,Carroll, Trimble, Owen, Scott,and Henry Counties When funds allow, we go to other counties requesting the program as Harlan, Hardin, Harrison, Belle, Knox, Nicolas, Letcher and others requesting the program.
We plan a trip to the eastern KY area March 16-26 and the Southeast Ky region and another trip to the South east region April 27th 2020. We are currenly funded by a grant from DELTA DENTAL of KENTCKY.
We have worked in 21 counties in Kentucky. We hope to be statewide in the future reaching enough children to change the state of Kentucky to be one of the BEST STATES FOR ORAL HEALTH EVER!
Children are often scared of dental visits. Explaining to children what to expect and why they go to the dentist helps decrease the fear of the unexpected. Each program picks a doctor from among the children to do a thorough exam of Big Mouth
What we eat not only effects our teeth but all our body. Nutritional choices are decided as a group as the effects of our choices are reviewed. The very best to the very worst foods are decided by Mr. tooth, Mr. Plaque, the big brusher, the big flosser, happy tooth and sad tooth....and a room full of kids
The concept of brushing your teeth sometimes the first and only concept picked up by children. Half of tooth loss is due to disease of the gums and half of all adults have gum disease. This is why the science of what happens below the teeth in the gums is emphasized in our program.
"These teeth are yours and you need to protect them" is taught by way of reviewing brushing and flossing. Pride and self responsibility are stressed. The best part about your smile is YOU.
This age group often holds their mouth open wide to get sealants. The reason for sealants is explained. How they are put in and most how they are protected from chewy sticky candy reviewed.
Smoking is considered possibly the number one cause of tooth loss through gum disease and decay in our state of Kentucky. Preparing and practicing saying NO and knowing why is never too soon.
The Children learn what fluoride does to enamel, and the various way of getting Fluoride on our teeth.
WE encourage fluoride use to harden the teeth
in home, school settings and in the dental office. Learning about how to keep teeth healthy and prevention is the best way to have great oral
A bifg picture of how everything works helps us remember and to
1. Everyone likes candy.
2. Do not eat it daily. Studies show a great decrease in cavities when you consume candy only one day a week.
3. Do not let children eat sticky taffy. It pulls out those important protective sealants that prevent decay.
4. Candy that makes your face pucker is too too acidic for enamel.
5. it is not how much sugar you eat, but how long you it it. Have your chocolate bar or gum and brush and floss it off.
6. Xylitol in some gums, suckers and mints kills the plaque . end your party with this item.
Tracy Laughner RDH-President
Raedean Kramer-Chair person
Stephanie Morris RN-Boone County Schools
Local School Boards
See contributors below
Thanks Raedean Kramer for putting together thousands upon thousands of bags for the "kiddies"
Tracy is a Public Health Dental Hygienist working in Education as well as doing clinical Hygiene for 20 years. Tracy's background is in Private school education, nursing and Dental Hygiene. Her first dental volunteer work was doing mass fluoride treatments with Department of Health in Guatemala in the groovy 70's. She believes that preventive health education is one of the best ways of changing the oral health crisis in the state of Kentucky. The first and third graders are getting what we call their "grandpa/grandma" teeth. This is an age to teach these children to plan their smile ahead- thus Plan Ahead Smiles Program. We do this in a fun interactive way, teaching scientific principles that they can remember for a life time.
Scheduing Letcher County KY schools
Summit View Academy-Kenton
Hinsdale E.S. Boone county
St. Joseph Campbell County-Scheduled
Shelby County Southside
Trimble County -Scheduled
Owen County Elementary
Gallatin Coutny upper and lower Elementary
Robinson County Elementary
Spencer County Elementary
Collins Elementary School-Boone
New Castle Elementary
Lemons Mill Elementary -Scott County
Ryland Heights Elementary Kenton
Whites Tower Elementary Kenton
Taylor Elementary Bracken
West Point Elementary Louisville
Pineville Independent School-Bell County
Piner Elementary Kenton
Villa Madonna Academy
Beechgrove Elementary Kenton
Caywood Elementary Kenton
Florence Elementary Boone
River Ridge Elementary Kenton
Fort Wright Elementary Kenton
Yealey Elementary Boone
Ockerman Elementary Boone
Stephens Elementary Boone
Erpenbeck Elementary Boone
Northpoint Elementary Boone
Thornwilde Elementary Boone
Goodridge Elementary Boone
Harrison County 2017
Eastside Elementary School
Southside Elementary School
Northside Elementary School
Westside Elementary School
Nicolas County 2017
Knox Elementary School Oct 2017
Grant County Schools 2017-fall
Pineville Elementary Oct 2017
Cumberland Elementary Oct 2017
Dry Rdidge E.S. (Nov)
Mason E.S. (Nov)
Mt. Zion E.S (Nov)
Shermon E.S. (Nov)
Thank you GSK for giving us p
Peridontex toothpaste to distribute in our dental bags fall 2019! Every child and parent can see how well this product fights germ that cause gingivitis.
Thank you Tooth fairy Org in helping us network with you and for supplying the best toothbrushes ever for fall 2019
Thank You so much for your financial gift to Plan Ahead Smiles program. As your current and past giving to many programs like ours in the dental health community, we see that Delta Dental of Kentucky goes far beyond in showing their commitment to the community. Because of Delta Dental, Plan Ahead Smiles program is able to make smiles happen, one school at a time!
Besides making this program financially possible- thank you for toothbrushes that are being supplied for many of the school programs.
National Tooth Fairy Organization
Thank you for all you do to help provide resources for programs like ours. Thank you for your donation of 500 tooth brushes for our dental supply bags (last year 4,400 bags) Together we will make a difference! Thank you for the generous donation of toothpaste in February 2018!
Thanks, Chloe Kramer
Your 720 children's toothbrushes were greatly needed. You make it possible for us (so far) to be able to give dental supply bags out in the Autumn of 2017.
Thank you Dr. Mark Glockner for 200.00 donation to be used for supplies as a non profit accounting program.
Glockner Family Dentistry
2011 Dixie Hwy, Fort Mitchell, KY 41011
Thank you for supporting us with supplies, bags and toothpaste
Dr. Jeri Stull
Dr. Candyse Jeffries
Dr. Dallas Margeson
Marlette Family Dentistry
Thank you so much for helping supply the dental bags in Boone county schools!
Dr. Marc Marlette
Mary Jordan RDH
florence KY 41042
Thank you for a box filled with dental supplies as toothbrushes and floss given to schools in September 2017 programs. You make this program rock!
Thank you for providing supply bags for Piner Elementary School in Spring 2017
Thanks for your commitment to all the Grant County Schools on the schedule for November 2017. Together we will improve the oral health in Kentucky one school at a time.
800 Violet Road
Colgate: Thank you for 100
toothbrushes and toothpaste given for winter 2016-17
GSK-sensodyne: Thanks for the several cases of toothpaste. Every donation helps!
Dr. Danny Nakhla and Betsy
Independence Family Dentistry
Wonderful bags for Piner Elementary
Crest-Oral-B: Thank you for 100 tooth brushes given Feb. 2017
Delta Dental: thanks for your help in 2016-17 school year when you helped with part of our expenses.
Bridgette Marie Photography: Cynthiana KY Thescatter.com
Thank for volunteer photography in Harrison County. Also for your artistic skills with our props!
Raedean Kramer: Thanks for many hours weekly in putting together supplies. And for all those that pitch in to help.
Daniella Noack: Thanks for helping this program come about with your ability to file and fill forms, your vision, organizing, encouragement and fund raising. You are truly a hidden engine inside the movement of what happens with Plan Ahead Smiles Program!
Artist Jennifer Courtney- What a fabulous new mouth August 2018- Thanks for your painting skills!