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Fairfield Elementary School students, staff receive school year’s worth of toothbrushes from Delta Dental

MAUMEE, Ohio —Maumee resident and mother, Jennifer Campos, recently won a Delta Dental contest in which she nominated Fairfield Elementary School to receive a school year’s supply of toothbrushes and oral health educational materials.
Fairfield will receive enough toothbrushes for 325 students and 46 teachers and staff. Campos won a Delta Dental Sonic toothbrush.

Because it is recommended that toothbrushes be replaced every three months, Fairfield will receive the new toothbrushes in deliveries throughout the school year. The school also received a Rethink Your Drink poster for each classroom and educational brochures. Delta Dental’s Rethink Your Drink Campaign uses these materials and a beverage display kit to raise awareness of the amount of sugar contained in popular beverages while encouraging water consumption.
“We know children miss 51 million hours of school every year due to oral health issues – most of which are easily prevented,” said Teri Battaglieri, director for communications, corporate citizenship and philanthropy at Delta Dental of Ohio. “Those who are absent miss critical instruction time, especially in the early grades where reading skills are taught. At Delta Dental we’re dedicated to improving children’s oral health and literacy through our Brighter Futures initiative.”
According to the Ohio Department of Health, dental care is the number one unmet health care need for nearly 157,400 children of all family incomes across Ohio, as well as for all races and ethnicities. A little more than half of Ohio’s children have experienced tooth decay by third grade.  
In the 2013-14 Lucas County Health Assessment, one-third of parents surveyed reported problems with their child’s teeth, and the number one problem reported was cavities. The good news is that 91 percent of Lucas County children ages 5-11 have seen a dentist in the past year, but dental care needs to be maintained by regular brushing and flossing at home.
“I was excited to win this contest for my daughter’s school because it’s so important to develop good oral health habits at an early age, such as daily brushing with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing and scheduling regular dental visits to help children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums,” said Campos.