Once a month we have a missionary project among
We record monthly dental health
tips for airing on KCMI.
We donated 50 dental care packets to troops
oversees. These dental care bags included toothbrushes,
toothpaste, floss, gum, fluoridated mouthrinse, and patient education
Donated toothbrushes and toothpaste for the Christmas
Light project. This project gives children in China gift boxes for
We sponsored the Teeth and Treat Safety Program
along with the Gering Police. Our "Tooth Fairy" dressed
up and went to 4 elementary schools in Gering where she spoke to over
400 K-3rd grade students. She was accompanied by our Tooth Fairy
in training (her daughter) at the last school. This was an
interactive presentation that covered safety tips for Halloween and
general safety tips for the children to use throughout the year.
Good dental health tips were also covered along with candy safety
tips. Each child received a bag of goodies that included a tooth
saver necklace that they can give to their parents so each of them can
have a tooth fairy in their own home.:-)
Contacted Elementary Schools in the Gering area to
follow up for the State of Nebraska Dental Program on an exciting
program the state has donated to all the elementary schools in the
state. The program is Open
Wide-Trek Inside focuses on the science of the oral environment, and
major scientific concepts relating to oral health.
What Do Mouths Do?
and games teach structures and functions of the
Open Wide! What's Inside?
activities enrich activity one.
Let's Investigate Tooth Decay
the process of tooth decay, using apples as models.
What Lives Inside Your Mouth?
play-acting and story reading discover bacteria's
role in decay.
What Keeps Your Mouth Healthy?
games and a story identify healthy behaviors.
What Have You Learned About the Mouth?
on lessons learned.
an informative presentation about Dental Health and the Older Adult to
the residents at the West Nebraska Veterans Home.
Donated toothbrushes and toothpaste to Camp Rock to
meet the needs of kids who coming crying to their camp counselor "I
forgot my toothbrush". :-)
We were involved with the Gering Art's Festival.
We had a Toothprints booth set up to give
parents an opportunity to have their kids security ID done while their
children were involved with the kids Art events for the day.
Donated power toothbrushes and dental care products
for KCMI summer reading program.
Supported Fire Safety Booklet for kids that are given
to all the children in the Scottsbluff/Gering school area.
Kids Safe ID Day at Monument Mall. We offered
Dental ID Security System- Toothprints to
participants at the mall.
We donated funds for the Gering Merchants Association.
We donated three Breath Rx starter kits to the Gering
Adult Reading Program.
Deb and Rita presented dental health care
for children and covered the need for mouthguards and how smoking and
chew affect dental health to Cedar Canyon School and Camp Fire Girls
We donated two Professional Whitestrips
kits for the Gering High School After Prom night.
Attended the "Job Fair" at Western Nebraska
Community College to offer dental health career information.
Celebrated National Dental Assistants Recognition week
through TV, radio and newspaper announcements focused on encouraging the
public to consider the dental profession as a career.
E-mailed all the senators in Nebraska about allowing
Medicaid to continue to provide for older adults dental coverage and
children's orthodontic needs.
Deb and Rita presented dental health education to K-6
grades at Northfield and Geil Elementary School and provided over 710 children with
dental care bags containing toothbrush, toothpaste, stickers, dental
education games. and a smile fan.
Dental Health posters where provided to all the K-6th
grade teachers in the Gering school system by Dr. Peterson.
Dr. Peterson gave the CCS first grade class a tour of
his office in celebration of National Dental health month and educated
them about good dental health.
We have National Dental Health Month
displays at the Gering and Scottsbluff libraries all this month.
There are many free give away items like bookmarks, puppets, smile fan,
stickers, coloring pages, puzzles, and charts on various dental health
material for children and their families.
National Dental Health Month is being
promoted and celebrated throughout our community with public service
announcements on radio and TV.
Dr. Peterson provided dental educational materials,
that are published in Spanish, to Panhandle Community Services to use in
their children's dental health programs.
Dental health education was provided to all the
children at Community Christian School from ages Preschool through 8th
grade. Over 220 children received dental health care education and oral
care bags. Dr. Peterson presented dental health prevention
information to all the grades at CCS.
Deb and Rita gave a presentation on good dental health
to the 3rd-5th grade classes at another school in Gering.
Dr. Peterson provided dental health articles for our
local newspapers though out the month of February.
Our office donated toothbrushes to the Scottsbluff
Library Tiny Tot Reading program where over 100 children learned about
good dental health through their reading program.
Our office donated funds to Christian
Dental Society to use for dental missions trips to 3rd world
Dr. Peterson continues his project to provide
dental services to the needy residents of Beverly Nursing Home. In
a study of 200 nursing homes in Nebraska only about 26% had any form of
dental care offered to their residents.
Those over age 85 are the fastest growing group in the
population. Long term care
patients have the highest unmet dental needs, 80-96% of these residents
have unmet dental needs.*