Page 2 The West View Community Dental Program Brightens Smiles in West Side Schools The West View is a community-based newspaper, providing a voice and informational resource for residents and businesses on the west side of Salt Lake City. We welcome community involvement and appreciate story and photo contributions. We reserve the right to edit all submissions for style and space, and will not publish anything that is defamatory or slanderous in nature. By Marcella Marshall, Jena Burt, and Monet Steen An oral health program called “Your Smile Counts,” is working Please email submissions to the editor and include your full name, city or community, and telephone number. You may also deliver your submissions to us on a compact, floppy or ‘zip disc. to combat Early Childhood Caries (ECC), also known as “baby bottle tooth decay”, in pre-school aged children living on the West Side. The program was developed by the Glendale / Poplar Grove Healthy Community Initiative in response to data that was collect- ed from Glendale and 8,000 copies are distributed quarterly to homes and businesses in the 84104 and 84116 zip codes which covers the entire west side of SLC, as. well as other public places throughout SLC. Subscriptions are $5 per year. Please contact us if you would like to be added to our mailing list. Poplar Grove residents. The survey indicated a critical need for oral health awareness, Email submissions to the editor at: editor @ thewestview.org education, Mail or deliver submissions to: services, and referrals in these areas. ECC is the most prevalent of all chronic childhood diseases. National studies show that The West View 1094 Garn Way SLC, UT 84104 Ph# 801-355-9572 50 percent.of all children have dental decay, and between five per- cent and 10 percent of preschoolers have ECC in the primary teeth by the first grade. . Since its inception, many children, who previously suffered from preventable oral diseases, have benefited from “Your Smile Counts.” One success story Steven, a preschooler at Neighborhood House, brushes his ~ teeth every day after meals as part of the Your Smile Counts program. Photo by Chad Jepperson their family’s oral health at home. teacher discovered that she had severe tooth decay. The teacher The Glendale/Poplar Grove Healthy Community Initiative hopes to make this project sustainable within their respective communities and to share the model with other childcare gram and are brushing their teeth providers. immediately understood that she was refusing to eat, because she was in so much pain. at least twice a day at school. The program offers pre and post oral already been adopted and modified by schools and other communities outside the area. If you are a_ childcare provider in the Glendale or Poplar Grove Community and you would like to get involved with this program call Lori: The parents could not afford a dentist’s visit, because they did not have insurance. Fortunately, the school understood the seriousness of the situation. Not only was she suffering from malnourishment; she was having difficul- ty learning because of the pain. The school found a dentist willing to donate his services to the family. Gradually, the child start- Edie Trimmer Lynne Bennett, Allison Keller, Abigail Felt Charlotte Fife-Jepperson, Chad Jepperson, Rocio Moses Kate Rubalcava | Chad Jepperson, Edie Trimmer, Kate Layout / Design ed to eat again and, in an amazing turn-around, gained 20 pounds before going to kindergarten. Over 500 children in Glendale and Poplar Grove childcare centers have participated in the “Your Smile Counts’ pro- involves a four-year-old girl at a west side childcare center, who had become very thin and fragile because she refused to eat. After looking into the girl’s mouth, her STAFF Charlotte Fife-Jepperson Publisher / Editor Assistant Editor screenings, so that detection of early decay before more can be addressed severe and costly problems occur. Participating childcare centers receive a threemonth rotation of toothbrushes and toothpaste and an educational guide that assists in teaching dental health lessons in the classrooms. Incentives and educational materials are also available for parents who want to improve Rundle The program at 484-2957 or to learn more about Healthy Community Initiatives call Monét Steen, Salt Lake Valley Health Department t. 468-2734. | _ Attention Writers! ¢ Would you like to see your name in print? ¢ Would you like your writing published? ° Are you looking to gain some “real-world” experience? You should write for us! The. West View is a communi Salt Lake’s west side communities. ty-based newspaper serving Every other Monday, starting February 16 from 6:30-8:30 pm, writers for The West View will meet at the Community Writing Center for a bi-weekly writers’ group devoted to aiding The West View's writers. This group is FREE and open to the public! You can join the Writers’ Group at anytime. Call 957-4992 to register or for more information. 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