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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.
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!