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KOAA – Your Healthy Family
The Delta Dental Foundation, a local nonprofit is on a mission to spread the word in Colorado of the importance of protecting your kids teeth. Especially when it comes to those sugary juice drinks.
Fox 31 Colorado’s Best
There are so many things parents do with the best of intentions, but some of those good intentions could actually be causing real damage in the form of tooth decay. Dr. Cheryl Lerner, Dentist and VPof Network and Clinical Mgt. at Delta Dental, sheds light on what’s doing harm and easy ways to help prevent cavities.
Univision Colorado (in spanish)
¿Cómo es que puedas animar los niños a beber más agua? Delta Dental of Colorado comparte consejos e ideas con familias.
How can you get your kids to drink more water? Delta Dental of Colorado shares some tips and ideas with families.
The Denver Post
Health advocates are lobbying the Colorado Board of Education to overturn its decision last month lifting a seven-year ban on diet sodas in high schools.
Wyatt Hornsby, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation’s Campaign Director, joins us today on Daybreak to discuss the Cavities Get Around campaign.
A sugary snack once served as a breakfast fruit at a Denver Public School is now gone thanks to a group of parents and an organization dedicated to helping Latino families cut out sugar.
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Let’s hope the District 51 school board exercises better judgment about what constitutes healthy beverages than the state board of education did Wednesday.
The Denver Post
A proposal to lift the seven-year ban on diet sodas in Colorado’s high schools would feed a variety of health problems among the state’s school kids, including obesity and tooth decay, health advocates say.
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
The Colorado State Board of Education is meeting in Grand Junction on Wednesday on the Colorado Mesa University campus and will consider a policy with far-reaching impacts on the health and wellness of our state’s 900,000 public school students.
Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation (DDCOF) has announced the winners of its second annual Oral Health Champion Awards (video link). These awards celebrate efforts to help eradicate the most common chronic disease of childhood: tooth decay.
Two organizations and two individuals have been recognized with 2016 Oral Health Champion Awards. Read about the winners in our press release.Read more.
The Denver Post
Thanks to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recently announced overhaul of nutrition labels, families will soon know how much sugar is added to packaged foods and drinks. That means they can make healthier choices.Read more.
Two Denver groups have joined forces to convince Latinos living in Colorado that tap water is safe and worth drinking.
Delta Dental of Colorado along with Westwood Unidos are holding community sessions to work with Latino families in the area that may hold a stigma toward tap water.Read more.
New York Times
Maria Cruz stays away from the tap. So does Monserrat Trejo. And then there is Lucero González — also an immigrant from Mexico — who, on a recent afternoon, shoved a shopping cart across the parking lot at Mi Pueblo Market. Inside: Nothing but water. Ninety-six bottles of it.Read more.
The crisis of contaminated water in Flint, Mich., is making a public health message like this one harder to get across: In most communities, the tap water is perfectly safe. And it is much healthier than sugary drinks.
That’s a message that Dr. Patty Braun, a pediatrician and oral health specialist at Denver Health, spends a lot of time talking to her patients about.Read more.
It’s called a “silent epidemic” in the state of Colorado: poor dental health in kids. “It can impair a child’s ability to eat, to form words,” said Wyatt Hornsby with the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation. In Colorado, the public health numbers are staggering. Tooth decay affects about 40-percent of kindergartners and 55-percent of third graders.Read more.
The results of a new study by Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation demonstrate the effectiveness of the bilingual Cavities Get Around campaign in the effort to prevent tooth decay, the #1 chronic disease of childhood and a “silent epidemic.” The study, conducted by HealthCare Research, Inc., was given to 600 low-income families in English and Spanish across Colorado, and shows significant progress toward improving child oral health by reducing consumption of juices and drinking more water.Read more.
At a downtown Denver clinic, a skinny 7-year-old with straight black hair named Marlene is getting a pair of fillings. Dr. Patty Braun, a pediatrician and oral health specialist at Denver Health, talks with Marlene about what she drinks, asking if she drinks tap water.Read more.
The Colorado Dental Association, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation and Oral Health Colorado today issued the following statements on the Denver Water board’s decision to continue optimal fluoridation of the system’s water. Fluoridated drinking water is proven to reduce and prevent tooth decay.Read more.
Summit County students are encouraged to take advantage of the last few weeks of summer and come back to school with healthy smiles. Summit Community Care Clinic’s Healthy Smiles Program is currently offering a variety of preventive dental health services at the Summit Middle School health center under the direction of registered dental hygienist Emily Millner.Read more.
Leadville students are encouraged to take advantage of the last few weeks of summer and come back to school with healthy smiles. Summit Community Care Clinic’s Healthy Smiles Program is currently offering a variety of preventive dental health services at the new Lake County High School health center. Under the direction of registered dental hygienists Emily Milner, Amanda Hamilton and Megan Jackson, the services provided include oral health education, exams, regular cleanings, x-rays, fluoride varnishes and sealants.Read more.
At Children’s Hospital Colorado alone, more than 3,000 children visited the operating room for dental surgery last year. The cost: $10,000 to $15,000 per case, said Dr. Patty Braun, a pediatrician at Denver Health. CPR’s John Daley reported on dental care and poverty.Read more.
is Children’s Dental Health Month, a time to educate families across our state on what we can all do at home to help prevent the No. 1 chronic disease in kids today: tooth decay. As part of National Children’s Oral Health Month and to promote our new brush-together pledge, an op-ed piece by Dr. Okuji ran in the Fort Collins Coloradoan.Read more.
Mirella Chavez, Community Benefits Coordinator by day and Tooth Fairy by night, was interviewed on Despierta Colorado. She discussed the importance of brushing your teeth together, her busy schedule attending Delta Dental events, and the Brush With Me campaign. Pearl E White, the biggest tooth she’s ever collected, also garnered some screen time. The segment aired on Despierta Colorado on September 26, October 1 and October 9.Read more.
Wyatt Hornsby, Campaign Director at Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, interviewed with Kathie J from the radio station KS107.5 to support the Brush With Me campaign. They talked about the link between dental health and academic success, and how back-to-school time offers the perfect opportunity to set a new family routine of brushing together. Wyatt also highlighted that oral surgery is the number one reason children are brought to the OR at Children’s Hospital Colorado.Read more.
Dr. Patty Braun, a pediatrician at Denver Health’s Eastside Family Health Center, discussed the importance of dental health at a young age and the Brush With Me campaign on Fox 31’s Good Day Colorado. She covered how cavities form, what parents can do to keep their kids cavity free and how to make brushing together fun for kids. Patty also emphasized the importance of oral health to overall health and why as a pediatrician she is passionate about this issue.Read more.
Barbara Springer, Executive Director of Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, was interviewed by Radio Disney on the Brush With Me campaign. She was joined in studio by Dr. Patty Braun, a pediatrician at Denver Health’s Eastside Family Health Center, to discuss the importance of dental health as a community issue.Read more.
Barbara Springer, Executive Director of Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, appeared on Colorado and Company on KUSA 9News to promote the Brush With Me campaign. During the broadcast, she spoke to why the Foundation has launched this campaign, shared dental health home care solutions for parents, and tips for getting parents to brush with their kids every day.
Barbara was joined by our Brush with Me giant tooth, Pearl E. White, and a community partner Sarah Brenkert, Director of Education at The Children’s Museum of Denver, who shared the ways in which the museum plans to reach Colorado families through their upcoming dental health programming starting in July.Read more.
Spanish-language morning show Despierta Colorado hosted Cecelia Edwards, Dental Director at Salud Family Health Center in Fort Lupton. She covered the importance of brushing together and only putting water in sippy cups between meals and at bedtime. Cecelia is a Brush With Me Campaign Advisor and speaks on behalf of the Foundation to help increase awareness.Read more.
The Tooth Fairy is the face of any and all tooth-related magic for gap-toothed kids. We don’t doubt that this bicuspid scavenger can wave a mean wand (hey, we have to maintain the tale for future generations), but a Colorado nonprofit is working some even fiercer magic.
Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation’s Brush With Me campaign, which launched in April, aims to educate families about the importance of taking care of kids’ teeth. The goal: drastically reducing child tooth decay. There’s endless chatter around childhood obesity, but dental disease remains a silent menace that effects nearly 600,000 children before they start kindergarten and 53 percent of low-income kindergarteners. Tooth decay is the most chronic childhood disease—it’s four times more common than early childhood obesity—despite being almost entirely preventable.Read more.