Young pro­fes­sion­als do­nate tooth­brushes to Caro­line stu­dents for sum­mer va­ca­tion

Times-Record - - NEWS - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­ Fol­low Caro­line/Dorch­ester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_S­tarDem.

DEN­TON — Kinder­garten, third-grade and sev­enth-grade stu­dents in Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools be­gan their sum­mer va­ca­tion with a tooth­brush.

The Caro­line County Young Pro­fes­sion­als, along with the Caro­line Cham­ber of Com­merce, part­nered with Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health to pro­vide the stu­dents with tooth­brushes to help with den­tal care dur­ing the sum­mer months.

Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health of­fers a school-based den­tal pro­gram in Caro­line, Dorch­ester and Tal­bot coun­ties. The den­tal pro­gram be­gins with ex­pect­ing moth­ers with the goal of con­nect­ing them with care, and con­tin­ues into 40 dif­fer­ent pub­lic school in the tri-county area.

“Dur­ing the sum­mer the stu­dents are out of their nor­mal school rou­tine, and we want to en­cour­age them to keep that rou­tine of brush­ing their teeth and floss­ing twice a day,” said Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health Com­mu­nity Pro­grams Man­ager Shel­ley An­drews. “We have a great part­ner­ship with school boards in Caro­line, Dorch­ester and Tal­bot coun­ties.”

The tooth­brush do­na­tions mark the third year the Caro­line County Young Pro­fes­sion­als and the cham­ber have part­nered with Chop­tank Health. Ev­ery Caro­line pub­lic school stu­dent in kinder­garten, third grade and sev­enth grade re­ceived a new tooth­brush for the sum­mer.

“When we started this three years ago, it was an op­por­tu­nity for the young pro­fes­sion­als to come to­gether as group and give back to the com­mu­nity,” said or­ga­ni­za­tion mem­ber Adam Jones. “Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health does an out­stand­ing job with its school-based den­tal health pro­gram, along with their other pro­grams. We are happy to help out.”

In ad­di­tional to the den­tal pro­gram, Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health also has a well­ness cen­ter in ev­ery Caro­line County pub­lic school, mak­ing it the only county in the state with a school-based well­ness cen­ter in ev­ery pub­lic school.

“The great thing about our school-based den­tal pro­gram and well­ness cen­ters is preven­tion is the fo­cus,” said Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health Pres­i­dent and CEO Sara Rich. “With the den­tal pro­gram, our goal is to iden­tify chil­dren early that have den­tal dis­ease or are high-risk for den­tal dis­ease, and get them in for care.

“We want the chil­dren to have pos­i­tive, long-term oral health,” she said. “We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing the Caro­line Young Pro­fes­sion­als have done to sup­port us and the com­mu­nity.”

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Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health Pres­i­dent and CEO Sara Rich, left, and Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health Com­mu­nity Pro­grams Man­ager Shel­ley An­drews, with Caro­line Young Pro­fes­sional mem­bers Adam Jones and Tony Holt hold tooth­brushes the Youth Pro­fes­sion­als do­nated...

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