Everyone deserves quality dental care. We're here to make it happen.
Outreach & Education Services
Why is Dental Care Important? Daily home dental care and regular 6-month visits to the dentist are important. The American Dental Academy recommends children's teeth should be checked as early as 1 year of age. Most dental problems can be prevented if discovered and treated early enough.
Untreated dental disease can lead to: pain, infection, unnecessary tooth loss, low self-esteem, poor work or school performance, and in some cases, the inability to secure & maintain employment. From pre-school age children with severe decay to growing numbers of older adults on limited incomes, the need for the Dental Center's community education and dental services continues to grow. As stated in our mission, education is a high priority at the Dental Center of NW Ohio. We provide a wide variety of educational services to meet the needs of the community. Educational services are provided to schools, daycares, long-term facilities, and at community resource and health fairs.
Infant - Toddler Oral Care Education The Dental Center teaches parents and caregivers proper dental care for newborns and toddlers and how to prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. Good nutritional habits are discussed. The Dental Center educational staff provides this information by visiting daycares, teen pregnancy programs, parent groups and on a daily basis in our fixed site clinics.
Education In Schools We present educational programs for kids in kindergarten through grade 12. Proper oral hygiene and good nutritional habits are a high priority when discussed in the schools. School-aged children are drinking more pop and sugary drinks than ever before. We discuss how this relates to increased tooth decay.
Community Outreach Our team of Community Development and Outreach staff work throughout NW Ohio to to promote the value of good oral health to service are residents of all ages. Our community outreach efforts range from informational booth displays at area resource events, to dental screenings at community health fairs.
Molly Molar is a large tooth character we use as an educational prop to education children to take better care of their teeth. Molly Molar goes to the several events including: schools, daycares, health fairs, Safe-T-City, and Community Agency Fairs. Molly Molar is an inspiration to our children, adults, and seniors, but most of all Molly Molar is a valuable asset to our educational programs!
If you are interested in an educational program for your facility, please contact Director of Community Outreach and Development, Jayne Klett, R.D.H. at 419-725-2519.