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Georgia Smiles

It’s hard to believe the GOHPP Unofficial Newsletter is going on the 5th year of publication. So many changes have taken place in Public Health, in our Prevention Programs, and within our “ranks”. Looking back on the first “unofficial newsletter”, Dr. Lense had just come on board writing a grant to provide funding for Prevention Program activities including school-based sealant programs, water fluoridation, surveillance, and building capacity in the state office. Georgia’s award was $270.000/yr for 5 years which was $20,000 more a year that the average award for eligible states.

That year, Dr. Michele Junger began her Summer internship which continued on into December. In 2009, Carol Smith became our new Oral Health Prevention Program director, with Dr. Jorge Bernal and Dixianne Parker, RDH, MEd completing the state team shortly thereafter. We’ve welcomed many a new face and said “farewell” to some as well.

We’ve seen the “revival” of the Georgia Oral Health Coalition, the 3rd grade and Head Start surveys, cuts to funding, and the Georgia Board of Dentistry clarification regarding supervision of PH RDHs. August will celebrate our 2nd Oral Health Summit!

It is with thankfulness that the newsletter has been apart of it all. The newsletter was created to help bring us all together as a family of providers and friends with the same vision and goals, as an instrument for sharing our success stories, and as a source for learning.

Click here to download the Georgia Smiles Spring 2012 Newsletter.

Georgia Smiles for School Nurses

April and May have many observances for children's health and wellbeing. Just a few include National Facial Safety Month, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, National Save Kids Week, Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month, Better Hearing and Speech Month, National Asthma and Allergy Month, Child’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and Heat Safety Awareness Day.

More than 3.5 million children and adolescents suffer sports-related injuries every year. Although, most of these injuries will be minor sprains or strains, others will be more severe injuries including heat-related illnesses and concussions. Many can be prevented or lessened by wearing helmets and mouthguards, even for sports you might not consider dangerous. These protective items are now being recommended for both male and female sports activities.

According to the National Youth Sports Foundation for the Prevention of Athletic Injuries, Inc., the most common orofacial injury from sports is dental-related. Mouth guards help prevent an estimate of over 200,000 injuries a year. Tooth loss and avulsions where the teeth have not been preserved properly or replanted may result in a lifetime of dental problems, possibly costing $10,000 to $15,000 a tooth. Periodontal disease may result.

Keeping our children safe and healthy, and teaching them how to do the same, includes providing protection from possible face and head injuries especially now that Spring is here Safe Smiles are Happy Smiles!

Click here to download the Georgia Smiles for School Nurses Spring 2012 Newsletter.

School Nurse Pocket Guide

This PDF includes document screening results in the student health record, as well as the parent/guardian letter that goes home. Remember: if in doubt, refer to a dentist sooner rather than later.