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Monday, Feb 3, 2014 · 5:59 pm
More than 2,700 first graders at 36 schools in El Paso, Van Horn, Sierra Blanca, San Elizario, Anthony, Canutillo, and Vinton shall soon receive free prevent tooth decay kits through the Fantastic Teeth Fan Club. Assembly of the kits will be done on Monday, February 3rd and distribution to the Schools will commence shortly thereafter. This community service event is a positive note in a world of negativity and is worthy of media attention. There is an opportunity for the Media to see the volunteers at work assembling the kits and several opportunities to join them at local public Schools for the distribution to the first graders. To arrange for access to any of these events, please contact - Nicholas Quarm at (915)494-4238.
The Fantastic Teeth Fan Club strives to prevent suffering from toothaches, reduce missed school days due to dental problems, and cut costs for dental treatment. Prevent tooth decay kits contain: a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, healthy teeth sticker, two-minute timer (optimal brushing time), and Tips for Healthy Teeth educational info for parents in both Spanish and English. According to Oral Health In America: A Report of the Surgeon General, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease—five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever. Poor children are affected by this epidemic more frequently than other children, with nearly 12 times more restricted-activity days due to dental issues than children from higher-income families. With more than 1.5 million Texas children living in poverty, there is a great need for preventive dental care.
Dental problems also directly affect success for children, with more than 51 million school hours lost each year to dental-related illness. Teachers have judged both classroom performance and classroom behavior to be significantly poorer among children in need of dental care. Pain and suffering due to untreated dental disease can also lead to problems in eating and speaking.
Members from all the local Masonic Lodges: El Paso, Wallace Hughston, Sunland, Omar N. Bradley, Five Points, Fabens, and Coronado have partnered with the Masonic Home and School of Texas to assemble and deliver kits to the schools.